Cigna Medicare Advantage Plans Review (2024)

Cigna has some of the cheapest Medicare Advantage plans of any major company. But the company's service isn't the best.

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Cigna Medicare Advantage

Editor's Rating

Consider Cigna for Medicare Advantage if price and the flexibility to see a wide range of doctors are high priorities for you. Cigna's average rates for Medicare Advantage (Part C) are much lower than other companies.

But Cigna struggles with customer service, and you can only get its coverage in 28 states plus Washington, D.C.

Good for
  • Low rates
  • Doctor flexibility
  • Good coverage for chronic pain or kidney disease
Bad for
  • Poor customer service
  • Only available in 28 states

Cigna Medicare Advantage plans to become Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2025

Cigna has sold its Medicare business to the Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate Health Care Service Corp. (HCSC). So if you have a Cigna Medicare Advantage plan, it will become a Blue Cross plan in 2025.

This is a good thing for Cigna customers because Blue Cross Blue Shield is one of the best insurance companies. Plus, HCSC's Medicare Advantage plans have higher customer satisfaction than Cigna's.

Cost of Cigna Medicare Advantage plans

Cigna has the cheapest Medicare Advantage plans among major companies.

Cigna Medicare Advantage plans cost $7 per month on average. That's $10 per month cheaper than UnitedHealthcare, the largest Medicare Advantage company in the nation, and $21 per month cheaper than the average Medicare Advantage plan.


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Cigna offers a $0 per month plan option in 27 out of the 28 states where it sells Medicare Advantage policies. Maryland is the only state Cigna sells plans without a free plan option.

Residents of Washington, D.C. also have a $0 plan option.

Cigna is a good choice if you want a cheap PPO plan. PPOs don't require you to get a referral to see a specialist. That makes them a good choice for people who want a little more control over who they see.

In general, usually PPOs cost more than HMOs. However, Cigna's PPO plans cost an average of just $2 per month, compared to $10 per month for its HMO plans.

Cigna's monthly rates depend in part on where you live. For example, the average cost of a Medicare Advantage plan from Cigna in Maryland is $45 per month, while in Arizona, the average cost is $0 per month.

Cigna Medicare Advantage cost vs. competitors

Company
Monthly cost
Cigna$7
Wellcare$9
Aetna$17
AARP/UnitedHealthcare$17
Humana$31
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*Average monthly rate for Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage.


Cigna Medicare Advantage plan options

Cigna offers several different Medicare Advantage plan options. To compare the plans, it helps to review the monthly rate, network type and costs you have to pay yourself. This method can help you decide if a plan is right for you.

Cigna Preferred Medicare HMO vs. Cigna True Choice Medicare PPO

The Cigna Preferred Medicare HMO and Cigna True Choice Medicare PPO are two of Cigna's most widely available plans. Both plans cost $0 per month, although you still have to pay your $174.70 monthly Medicare Part B rate.

With Cigna True Choice Medicare PPO, you'll pay more if you visit the doctor frequently. But, it offers better flexibility to see the doctors and specialists you want without a referral.

Cigna Preferred Medicare HMO
Cigna True Choice Medicare PPO
Network typeHMOPPO
Monthly premium$0$0
Drug deductible$1$0
Out-of-pocket maximum$4,829$5,515

*Rates, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums are averages.

Cigna offers both HMO and PPO plans.

PPOs are usually the better option because they offer more flexibility. And with Cigna, they're cheaper than the more restrictive HMO plans.

Along with standard Medicare Advantage plans, Cigna sells special plans for people who have certain ongoing conditions like cancer or heart failure, called Chronic SNPs (C-SNPs). They also offer plans that help you coordinate your Medicare and Medicaid coverage if you're enrolled in both programs, called Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs).


Cigna Medicare Advantage benefits and features

Most of Cigna's Medicare Advantage plans come with extra benefits.

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) benefit: You get an allowance every quarter to buy over-the-counter medications and health products, like bandages and medical ID bracelets.
  • Transportation: This includes coverage for vans, taxis, wheelchair-equipped vehicles and even Lyft ridesharing in some areas.
  • Dental, vision and hearing coverage: Most plans have coverage for dental, vision and hearing appointments. Some Cigna Medicare Advantage plans offer more coverage.
  • Silver&Fit: This gives you access to a fitness center membership or home-based program, depending on your needs.
  • Meal delivery: If you've had a hospital or skilled nursing facility stay, Cigna will deliver up to 14 healthy meals during your recovery.

Where are Cigna Medicare Advantage plans available?

Cigna sells Medicare Advantage plans in 28 states and Washington, D.C.

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In most states, you have the option to buy either an HMO or a PPO plan. However, in Maryland, Cigna only sells HMOs. In New York, only PPOs are available.

States where Cigna sells Medicare Advantage plans

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C

Customer reviews and complaints

Cigna has worse customer satisfaction than many other health insurance companies.

Cigna gets more than two and a half times more complaints overall than expected for a company its size, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Not all these complaints are about Medicare Advantage plans. However, the high number of issues could mean that you'll also encounter problems when you file a claim.

Cigna Medicare Advantage customer satisfaction

Rating agency
Score
NCQA health plan rating 2.5 out of 5
CMS star rating 3.5 out of 5
J.D. Power ranking 2nd place out of 6 companies
NAIC score 2.6 times more complaints than average

Cigna Medicare Advantage plans in Texas, however, have above-average customer service according to J.D. Power. Cigna was not rated in the other states that J.D. Power looked at.

Overall, Cigna's Medicare Advantage plans have a slightly below average 3.5 out of 5 quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Cigna scores particularly well for its pain management and kidney disease monitoring coverage. However, the company has a low score for rheumatoid arthritis management and osteoporosis management.

Cigna's Medicare Advantage plans score above average on preventive treatment, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). However, Cigna has a mediocre 2.5 out of 5 rating for overall treatment and a middle-of-the-road 3 out of 5-star rating for patient experience.


Frequently asked questions

Is Cigna Medicare a good choice?

Cigna Medicare Advantage plans are a good choice if you want a cheap policy. In most areas, Cigna has $0 Medicare Advantage options.

How much does a Cigna Medicare Advantage plan cost?

A Cigna Medicare Advantage plan costs $7 per month, on average. In most areas, Cigna sells at least one plan without a monthly cost.

Is Cigna Medicare Advantage a PPO or HMO?

Cigna sells both HMO and PPO Medicare Advantage plans. HMO plans cost an average of $8 per month, and PPO plans cost an average of $2 per month, which is less than average.


Methodology and sources

Medicare Advantage rates and star ratings came from Medicare.gov and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Other sources include Cigna, J.D. Power, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

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