Medicare Plans in West Virginia

How Do I Enroll in Medicare in West Virginia?

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 West Virginia Medicare Plans Are Available?

As in most other states, West Virginia residents have the option for Original Medicare. Original Medicare is a program enacted in the 1960s and managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide certain types of medical coverage for eligible citizens.

Original Medicare, or, as it's more commonly called, Medicare Part A and B, offers coverage for inpatient and outpatient medical care respectively. These two parts make up the core components of what Medicare has to offer. However, these are not the only Medicare options available to residents. Other options available include Medicare Part C, known as Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and Medicare supplement insurance, which is also called Medigap.

Medicare Part A and Part B are both provided through the federal government by way of the SSA. These plans are directly managed by the government agency. The remainder of the offerings are provided by third-party private entities.

Currently, the total number of West Virginia residents enrolled in Medicare is 441,852. That number is split between Original Medicare  and Medicare Advantage plans, with 294,946 West Virginians taking advantage of Original Medicare and 146,906 enrolled in Medicare Advantage.

Medicare Part A

Medicare Part A is the foundational coverage for the system. This coverage focuses on paying for inpatient care. It covers things like:

  • Inpatient hospital care
  • Short-term nursing facility care
  • Hospice
  • Home health care
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Inpatient psychiatric care

In addition to that, Medicare Part A also covers:

  • Medicines as part of a hospital stay
  • Meals during care
  • Nursing care
  • Shared and semi-private rooms

Medicare Part B

Medicare is not limited to inpatient care only though, and that’s where Part B comes in. Medicare Part B covers a variety of outpatient and preventative services and is aimed at covering services that are necessary but not part of emergency or sudden care. Things like:

  • Medically necessary diagnostic testing
  • Equipment related to those services
  • Preventive checkups
  • Routine office visits
  • Vaccinations
  • Intravenous antibiotics and other clinically administered drugs
  • Short term mental health care such as residential drug and alcohol treatment
  • Medical transportation
  • Clinical research, including experimental drug trials for things like Alzheimer’s and dementia

Medicare Part C

Medicare Part C, also called Medicare Advantage, is slightly different than traditional Medicare plans. By law, these plans must cover the same things as part A and B, but they also offer additional benefits. One of the biggest differences between Part C and the original plans is that Part C plans are offered by private insurance companies who are then authorized to bill the SSA. These plans offer

  • The same coverages as Part A and B
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Some prescription drug benefits

Because these plans are offered through private insurance carriers, the benefits and how they are offered can vary from state to state. 

Medicare Part D

Part D is intended to provide coverage for prescription drugs. You have to opt into the plan and purchase it separately from your Part A and B Original Medicare plans. Some Medicare Part C plans have prescription drug benefits built in, but make sure you understand your benefits when choosing a plan so you know whether you need Part D coverage. 

Medigap Insurance

Medigap plans are supplemental insurance policies that pick up the costs of copays and deductible after Medicare processes a claim. These can help reduce your out-of-pocket costs, making them a generally good idea for those with chronic conditions or who expect to need a lot of medical care.

Who Is Eligible for Medicare in West Virginia?

As with other states, eligibility for Medicare in West Virginia varies based on certain circumstances. By and large, any resident of the state age 65 or older is likely to qualify. If you are receiving Social Security retirement benefits at least 4 months prior to your 65th birthday, you will be automatically enrolled in Original Medicare.

Initial Enrollment

Your automatic enrollment and your ability to sign up for any additional Medicare plans will happen during what’s called the Initial Enrollment Period (IEP). This time period represents your initial eligibility for Medicare. It lasts until you are 3 months past the month of your 65th birthday.

General Enrollment

Every year, there is a general enrollment period for you to sign up for Medicare Parts A and B. This period is from January 1st to March 31st . But keep in mind that if you are signing up after your IEP, you might incur a penalty for doing so that can increase the cost of your Medicare coverage.

Annual Enrollment Period

There is also a yearly Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) in the fall. This period runs from October 15th to December 7th. At this time, you can join or make changes to your specific Medicare plan as well as drop your plan if need be.

Special Enrollment

There are also special enrollment periods for those who are encountering changes in their life. If you find yourself in this position and you need to enroll in Medicare, you might qualify for a special enrollment period. Reasons for this include having been on an employer’s plan that changed or ended, moving out of the coverage area for your plan, or other major life changes. 

How Do I Enroll in Medicare in West Virginia?

If you need to sign up for Original Medicare, you apply through the Social Security Administration if you were not automatically enrolled. There are multiple options available to you to achieve this:

  • Online through the Social Security website
  • Apply by going to your local Social Security office
  • Or call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213

If you do choose the phone option, live representatives are only available between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, you can receive recorded information all other hours of the day and on weekends. 

Average Cost of Medicare Advantage Plans in West Virginia

Average Cost of Medicare Advantage Plans in West Virginia
Average Monthly Premium $59.74
Average in-network out-of-pocket spending limit $6,440.22
Average drug deductible in 2022 (weighted) $202.08
Percentage of plans rated 4 stars or higher 34.1%
Average Cost of Medicare Advantage Plans in West Virginia
Average Monthly Premium
$59.74
Average in-network out-of-pocket spending limit
$6,440.22
Average drug deductible in 2021 (weighted)
$202.08
Percentage of plans rated 4 stars or higher
34.1%

West Virginia Medicare Advantage Plans by County

The chart below provides more information about Medicare Advantage plan costs and enrollment in West Virginia 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
Barbour $60 $209 30.0% 20
Berkeley $64 $208 32.0% 25
Boone $51 $209 39.1% 23
Braxton $52 $209 33.3% 24
Brooke $64 $208 33.3% 24
Cabell $61 $209 33.3% 27
Calhoun $54 $198 36.4% 22
Clay $50 $209 34.8% 23
Doddridge $63 $198 33.3% 24
Fayette $67 $190 36.4% 22
Gilmer $54 $198 36.4% 22
Grant $48 $209 30.0% 20
Greenbrier $58 $209 28.6% 21
Hampshire $65 $190 30.0% 20
Hancock $58 $208 38.1% 21
Hardy $66 $208 34.8% 23
Harrison $63 $198 33.3% 24
Jackson $60 $198 32.0% 25
Jefferson $64 $208 32.0% 25
Kanawha $60 $209 34.6% 26
Lewis $63 $209 33.3% 24
Lincoln $56 $190 37.5% 24
Logan $54 $208 36.0% 25
Marion $63 $198 33.3% 24
Marshall $59 $180 36.4% 22
Mason $55 $209 30.8% 26
McDowell $46 $209 30.0% 20
Mercer $63 $209 33.3% 24
Mineral $60 $191 38.1% 21
Mingo $65 $208 37.5% 24
Monongalia $68 $180 34.8% 23
Monroe $54 $209 34.8% 23
Morgan $60 $191 38.1% 21
Nicholas $63 $209 34.8% 23
Ohio $63 $198 33.3% 24
Pendleton $65 $208 33.3% 24
Pleasants $59 $180 38.1% 21
Pocahontas $61 $191 38.1% 21
Preston $53 $190 33.3% 18
Putnam $60 $209 33.3% 27
Raleigh $59 $232 42.1% 19
Randolph $48 $209 31.6% 19
Ritchie $61 $198 32.0% 25
Roane $54 $209 36.4% 22
Summers $58 $209 28.6% 21
Taylor $64 $208 33.3% 24
Tucker $60 $209 28.6% 21
Tyler $63 $198 32.0% 25
Upshur $63 $209 33.3% 24
Wayne $52 $209 36.0% 25
Webster $54 $209 36.4% 22
Wetzel $63 $198 33.3% 24
Wirt $66 $180 33.3% 24
Wood $66 $180 33.3% 24
Wyoming $65 $208 34.8% 23

Contact Information for West Virginia Medicare, Medicaid and Insurance Help

HelpAdvisor has plenty of information about Medicare and Medicaid in West Virginia if you need more assistance. Plus, you can also reach out to the West Virginia health insurance online information page.

In addition to those, you can also access the West Virginia Consumer Assistance Programs or the West Virginia Assistance Programs. Both of these pages have helpful information to clarify any other questions you might have.