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Texas Dual Eligible Medicare Advantage Plans

Dual Eligible Medicare Advantage Plans in Texas

Medicare and Medicaid are two different health insurance programs for people in the United States. Medicare is a federal program that provides health benefits for people over the age of 65, as well as people younger than 65 who qualify due to a disability. Medicaid is a state-run program that provides health benefits for people with low income.

Who Are Dual Eligible Individuals?

Dual eligible individuals are people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. This means that they receive benefits from both programs. Dual eligible individuals often have complex health care needs, and dual eligible Medicare Advantage plans can provide them with a more comprehensive set of benefits than either Medicare or Medicaid alone.

What is a Dual Special Needs Plan (D-SNP)?

A dual special needs plan (D-SNP) is a type of Medicare Advantage plan that is designed specifically for dual eligible individuals. D-SNPs offer a wider range of benefits than traditional Medicare Advantage plans, and they often include additional features such as care coordination and transportation assistance.

How Do Dual Special Needs Plans Work?

Dual special needs plans work in conjunction with Medicaid. When you enroll in a D-SNP, you will still be enrolled in Medicaid. The D-SNP will then coordinate your care between Medicare and Medicaid. This can help to ensure that you receive the right care at the right time, and it can also help to reduce your out-of-pocket costs.

What Benefits Do Dual Special Needs Plans Offer?

Dual special needs plans offer a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Dental care
  • Eye exams and eyeglasses
  • Hearing exams and hearing aids
  • Transportation to and from medical appointments
  • Credits toward the purchase of health-related products
  • Care coordination

In addition to these benefits, dual special needs plans often have lower out-of-pocket costs than traditional Medicare Advantage plans.

How Do I Enroll in a Dual Special Needs Plan?

If you are dual eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, you may be eligible to enroll in a dual special needs plan. To enroll, you will need to contact a D-SNP plan directly. You can also contact your state Medicaid agency for more information.


Dual special needs plans can be a great option for dual eligible individuals who are looking for a more comprehensive set of benefits and lower out-of-pocket costs. If you are eligible for a D-SNP, I encourage you to contact a plan directly to learn more.