25 top-rated Medicare plans for 2018

The National Committee for Quality Assurance released its rankings for Medicare plans in 2018-19.

NCQA rated 1,000-plus health insurance plans based on clinical quality, member satisfaction and NCQA Accreditation Survey results for its rankings. The organization said its rating system emphasizes care outcomes and what patients say about their care. Health plans' overall score is the weighted average of all measures.

Here are NCQA's Medicare rankings, with the first eight plans achieving the highest score of 5.0, and the remaining attaining the second-highest score of 4.5:

1. Group Health Plan (Minnesota, Wisconsin), HMO — 5.0
2. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Southern California, HMO — 5.0
3. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado, HMO — 5.0
4. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia), HMO — 5.0
5. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest (Oregon, Washington), HMO — 5.0
6. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Hawaii, HMO — 5.0
7. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Northern California, HMO — 5.0
8. Medical Associates Health Plan (Illinois, Iowa), HMO — 5.0
9. Aetna Health (Maine), HMO — 4.5
10. Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (New York), HMO
11. Capital Health Plan (Florida), HMO
12. Dean Health Plan (Wisconsin) HMO
13. Dean Health Plan (Wisconsin) HMO/POS
14. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (New York), HMO
15. Univera Healthcare (New York), HMO
16. Gundersen Health Plan Minnesota, HMO
17. Gundersen Health Plan (Iowa, Wisconsin), HMO
18. HealthNow New York, PPO
19. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, HMO
20. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, HMO
21. Medical Associates Health Plans (Wisconsin), HMO
22. Priority Health (Michigan), HMO/POS
23. Providence Health Assurance (Oregon, Washington), HMO/POS
24. Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, HMO/POS
25. UCare Minnesota, HMO/POS

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