Pick the Best Medicare Advantage Plan for You

Two new resources can help you compare your options.

I’m searching for a new Medicare Advantage plan during open-enrollment period this year. Can you give me advice on choosing the best Medicare Advantage plans?

You have from November 15 to December 31 to switch to a new Medicare Advantage plan for 2011, and two new resources can help you pick the best plan. Some Medicare Advantage plans are changing significantly in 2011, so this is a good year to compare all of your options even if you’ve been happy with your current plan. For details, see Changes to the Medicare Advantage Plan.

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Kimberly Lankford
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.