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Aetna Medicare Plans

Aetna was originally established as the Aetna (Fire) Insurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut in the early 1800s. In 1850, the company began selling life insurance, and by 1865, it had increased its volume of business by 600%. Aetna became one of the first publicly held health insurance companies in 1899. Half a century later in 1966, Aetna paid its first Medicare claim.

In the Present

Aetna revitalized its brand in 2012 by refreshing its promise to become not only an insurance carrier, but also a health solutions company. This brand refresh resulted in Aetna's number four ranking in “The Civic 50” survey of America's most community-minded companies. In 2013, Aetna acquired Coventry Health Care, Inc., making it the third largest health care company in America. The company currently serves an estimated 22 million beneficiaries worldwide.

Medicare Supplement

Individuals who are 65 or older, enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), and who reside in a plan's network may enroll in an Aetna Medicare Supplement plan to fill in the gaps in their Original Medicare coverage. There are ten standardized Medicare Supplement plans available, but Aetna only offers Plans A, B, F, G, and N to eligible beneficiaries. These plans are designed to cover Original Medicare gap costs such as Part A hospital coinsurance costs, the first three pints of blood used in a medical procedure, and Part B coinsurance for outpatient services.

Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage plans are provided through private insurance companies such as Aetna, and are required to offer at least the same amount of benefits as Original Medicare offers. Some of these plans may offer additional benefits such as vision, dental, and prescription drug coverage. Specifically, Aetna Medicare Advantage plans cover all Original Medicare benefits and offer additional vision and/or hearing benefits. All of the available Aetna Medicare Advantage plans are HMO plans that include access to tens of thousands of network physicians and pharmacies nationwide.

Prescription Drug Plans

Beneficiaries who are enrolled in Original Medicare and wish to add prescription drug coverage may do so by enrolling in an Aetna Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP). Aetna has a few different drug plans that it may offer in your area: Aetna CVS/pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan, Aetna Medicare Rx Premier Plan, or Aetna Medicare Rx Essentials. These plans may include options such as $0 deductibles, low copayments for generic medications, and discounts through the mail order pharmacy.