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What an Increasing Number of 5-Star Medicare Advantage Plans Means for Beneficiaries

There's an increasing number of 5-star Medicare Advantage plans. But it's not wise to pick a plan based solely on the number of stars it has, according to Jae Oh, author of Maximize Your Medicare.

Medicare uses information from member satisfaction surveys, plans, and health care providers to give overall performance star ratings to plans, according to

A plan can get a rating between 1 and 5 stars and these ratings help you compare plans based on quality and performance, according to 

A 5-star rating is considered excellent, and there is an increasing number of 5-star plans. According to Healthcare Finance, 73 health plans earned five stars, up significantly from the 21 five-star plans for 2021

But a 5-star rating doesn't always mean it's the best plan for you, says Jae Oh, author of Maximize Your Medicare. What's best for you is decided by evaluating whether the doctors you want and the drugs you take are in the plan or not.

For more information on the 2022 Medicare Advantage and Part D star ratings, including a fact sheet, visit:, and download the “2022 Star Ratings Data” zip file in the downloads section.

5-star plans are identified with special icon: Find health and drug plans.

Also read CMS Releases 2022 Medicare Advantage and Part D Star Ratings to Help Medicare Beneficiaries Compare Plans.

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