U.S. News and World Report names Sharp Health Plan one of the Best Insurance Companies in California for Medicare Advantage

San Diego-based health plan is also rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Medicare for the second year in a row.

Best Insurance Company - Medicare Advantage - California (US News & World Report)

SAN DIEGO — Sharp Health Plan, a nonprofit, San Diego-based health plan, today announced that it was named to the 2021 U.S. News and World Report list of Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage in California. The “Best Of” list is based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) star rating system, which assigns a one- to five-star score to plans annually to help consumers compare Medicare Advantage plans. Sharp Health Plan earned an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by Medicare for the second year in a row. It also achieved a 5-star score for ratings of the health plan, health care quality, drug plan and care coordination.1 This places Sharp Health Plan within the top 100 Medicare Advantage plans in the nation.

“When you couple our clinical excellence in delivering high-quality care with unparalleled patient and member experience, you can see why Sharp Health Plan continues to earn high marks,” says Melissa Hayden Cook, president and chief executive officer of Sharp Health Plan. “Recognitions like these make it clear why more and more San Diegans are choosing Sharp Health Plan.”

Sharp Health Plan’s high quality comes from its integration with the Sharp HealthCare delivery system, and its unique ability to collaborate with Sharp-affiliated doctors, hospitals and other providers to help improve members’ quality of care and patient experience.

“We’re committed to providing The Sharp Experience from coverage to care for our Medicare members — every touch, every time,” says Michael Byrd, vice president and chief business development officer of Sharp Health Plan. “We believe in providing the best health insurance possible to our members.”

Medicare Advantage open enrollment for 2021 runs now through Dec. 7, 2020. Sharp Health Plan’s Sharp Direct Advantage® plans include monthly premiums as low as $0, no copays for preventive care visits, and $0 copays for the most commonly used prescription drugs. Its plans also offer extra benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t, like vision care, hearing aids, chiropractic care and acupuncture, over-the-counter coverage and much more. Visit to learn more about Sharp Health Plan, and its Medicare Advantage plans.

About Sharp Health Plan

Sharp Health Plan is a locally based, nonprofit health plan that has been serving San Diegans for over 25 years. With more than 145,000 members, Sharp Health Plan offers San Diegans access to high quality and affordable health insurance through its individual and family plans, commercial group plans, and Medicare plans. Sharp Health Plan continues to be recognized nationally and locally for its award-winning healthcare for San Diegans of all ages. Visit to learn more.

1 Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.