Medicare Plans in Rhode Island

How Do I Enroll in Medicare in Rhode Island?

To enroll in Original Medicare, do one of the following:

  • Submit an online application.
  • Apply in person at a Social Security office.
  • Call 800-772-1213 to speak with a Social Security employee.

What Rhode Island Medicare Plans Are Available?

Rhode Island Medicare programs can help eligible enrollees obtain coverage to help with health care costs ranging from physician visits to prescription medications. Choosing the best plan options depends on eligibility factors and cost. 

Medicare provides a few coverage options in the form of different parts from which consumers can choose. 

Part A: This is the original Medicare program and the one that focuses on hospital-related coverage. It also covers inpatient care delivered through other types of medical facilities, including surgical centers, skilled nursing care facilities and even hospice. This part of Medicare has no premium requirement for anyone who has paid into the payroll tax system via an employer. Part A is available for purchase if individuals also purchase Part B. 

Part B: This part of Medicare functions more like traditional insurance in that it has monthly premiums, which are largely based on income considerations. This portion covers preventative care, in-office physician visits and home health services. Enrollment in Part B is required as soon as individuals are eligible to avoid the penalty that may be levied every 12 months for late sign-ups. Exceptions to this penalty include those who had employer-sponsored healthcare through their job or via a spouse's policy and endured a sudden loss of coverage. 

Part C: Part C of the Medicare program is also known as the Medicare Advantage program. Delivered through a health maintenance organization (HMO) or preferred provider organization (PPO) model, Advantage plans are managed by private insurers. They must cover everything Parts A and B do but often cover extras that the original components do not, such as dental and vision coverage. Part C is an option instead of Parts A and B, not in addition to them. 

Part D: Medicare Part D is the prescription drug benefit component. It covers the cost of any prescribed medications for those enrolled in the Medicare program. It also has monthly premiums attached (based on income) as well as a specific enrollment period (with the same penalties and exceptions as those in Part B). 

Medigap: Medigap coverage helps Medicare recipients cover the costs of healthcare not addressed by the previous components of the plan. This includes co-pays for in-office visits, coinsurance costs and even some types of medical equipment. Medigap enrollees must already have Parts A and B. 

Roughly 225,000 residents are registered for Medicare in Rhode Island, half of which also have Advantage plans. There are 27 Advantage plans available to Rhode Island residents as of 2021 and 19 Medigap options. Of the Medigap programs, two are available to those enrolled in Medicare under the age of 65. 

Who Is Eligible for Rhode Island Medicare?

Those who are 65 and up and have paid into the payroll tax system are automatically eligible for Medicare. Eligibility outside of this age range includes those with disabilities or chronic conditions, as determined by the Social Security Administration. For those with automatic eligibility, enrollment occurs about 4 months before an individual's 65th birthday. 

How Do I Enroll in Medicare in Rhode Island?

To enroll in Medicare in Rhode Island, those not automatically signed up must do so in the 3 months prior to their 65th birthday, in that month or in the 3-month period following that month. Enrollment is an option after this time, but depending on the circumstances, a penalty may be levied to do so. 

Medicare also has specific enrollment periods. For instance, enrollment for those wanting to switch a Medicare Advantage plan takes place between January 1 and March 31. Coverage for this enrollment period starts on July 1. Fall enrollment takes place between October 15 and December 7. Coverage for this enrollment period starts on January 1. 

Special enrollment is available to those who have suddenly lost employer-sponsored coverage. 

Eligible individuals may visit the Social Security Administration website at www.SocialSecurity.gov to sign up. They can also call (800) 772-1213 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Local Social Security offices can also assist with the signup process. 

Medicare Plans by County

Average Cost of Medicare Advantage Plans in Rhode Island

Average Cost of Medicare Advantage Plans in Rhode Island
Average Monthly Premium $101.35
Average in-network out-of-pocket spending limit $4,882.50
Average drug deductible in 2022 (weighted) $255.00
Percentage of plans rated 4 stars or higher 55.0%
Average Cost of Medicare Advantage Plans in Rhode Island
Average Monthly Premium
$101.35
Average in-network out-of-pocket spending limit
$4,882.50
Average drug deductible in 2021 (weighted)
$255.00
Percentage of plans rated 4 stars or higher
55.0%

Rhode Island Medicare Advantage Plans by County

The chart below provides more information about Medicare Advantage plan costs and enrollment in Rhode Island by county in 2021.

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County Average Premium Average Annual Drug Deductible % of Plans Rates 4 Stars or Higher # of Plans Available
Bristol $101 $255 55.0% 20
Kent $101 $255 55.0% 20
Newport $101 $255 55.0% 20
Providence $101 $255 55.0% 20
Washington $101 $255 55.0% 20

Contact Information for Rhode Island Medicare, Medicaid and Insurance Help

Learn about Medicaid in Rhode Island, an option for individuals who need more help paying for medical expenses or who cannot afford Medicare supplemental insurance. 

For general help with questions about Medicare or insurance in the state, consider reaching out to the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) in Rhode Island at 888-884-8721 or visiting the website

For those who want more information about paying for prescription drugs, the Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance to Elders (RIPAE) Program may be able to help.