Align powered by Sanford Health Plan receives CMS 4.5 rating


Oct. 23, 2023


Paul Heinert
Sanford Health Media Relations
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health Plan’s Medicare Advantage plan, Align powered by Sanford Health Plan, received a 4.5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 2024 plan year for its plans available in North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa, placing them among the highest-rated in the region as well as the nation.

Star ratings range from 1 star to 5 stars and are based on 38 quality and performance measures. CMS designed the system to help Medicare beneficiaries evaluate the Medicare Advantage plan options available to them. Nationwide, the average rating for Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage, like Align powered by Sanford Health Plan, is 4.04 stars; only 36 plans received a 5-star rating.

“The goal with our Medicare Advantage product is to offer a health insurance option with personalized, comprehensive and affordable coverage,” said John Snyder, president, Sanford Health Plan. “We’re thrilled to see our attention to member experience and care reflected in the CMS rating, and we will continue to prioritize member feedback as part of our ongoing focus on equipping members with the innovative services and extra benefits that help them manage chronic conditions and improve health.”

Enrollment is open for Align powered by Sanford Health Plan through Dec. 7 for Medicare beneficiaries in the following counties:

Sanford Health Plan is hosting community education seminars for Medicare beneficiaries during the annual enrollment period. Those interested can sign up to learn more on the Sanford Health Plan website.

Align powered by Sanford Health Plan offers an all-in-one bundled option for seniors, combining Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage with additional, more robust benefits that may include prescription drug coverage, preventive care, dental, hearing, vision and other services such as meals and fitness memberships.  New this year is a flex card that allows members more flexibility in where to use their benefit allowances and over-the-counter benefits.

About Sanford Health Plan
Uniquely positioned in the upper Midwest, Sanford Health Plan is a provider-owned health plan that is part of Sanford Health’s integrated system of care. Part of one of the largest non-profit, rural health systems in the country, Sanford Health Plan leads the region in affordable, sustainable health coverage in an evolving health care landscape. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sanford Health Plan provides coverage to more than 220,000 members. Learn more about Sanford Health Plan at

Align powered by Sanford Health Plan is a PPO with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Align powered by Sanford Health Plan depends on contract renewal. Sanford Health Plan complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, or any other classification protected under the law.  This information is not a complete list of benefits. Call (888) 605-9277 ( TTY: 711) for more information.


About Sanford Health
Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America’s heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves more than one million patients and 201,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 46 medical centers, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, 186 Good Samaritan Society senior living centers and world clinics in nine countries around the globe. Learn more about Sanford Health’s commitment to shaping the future of rural health care across the lifespan at or Sanford Health News.