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A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage in 2019

Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown rapidly over the past decade, and Medicare Advantage plans have taken on a larger role in the Medicare program. More than 22 million Medicare beneficiaries (34%) are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2019. This data note provides updated information about Medicare Advantage enrollment trends, premiums, and out-of-pocket limits. It also includes analyses of Medicare Advantage plans’ extra benefits and prior authorization requirements.

What Percent of New Medicare Beneficiaries Are Enrolling in Medicare Advantage?

The analysis examines enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans during beneficiaries’ first year on Medicare and finds that less than one-third or 29% enrolled in these private health plans, including HMOs or PPOs. The majority of people new to Medicare are choosing traditional Medicare in the year they first go on Medicare. The study looks at how these findings vary across age, Medicaid status, states, and counties.

Medicare Advantage

This fact sheet includes the latest information and data about the Medicare Advantage program, including enrollment, plan information, spending and financing for the program, and payment and program changes made by the Affordable Care Act as well as other laws.

10 Things to Know About Medicare Part D Coverage and Costs in 2019

The Medicare Part D program provides an outpatient prescription drug benefit to older adults and people with long-term disabilities in Medicare who enroll in private plans. This analysis provides the latest data about Medicare Part D coverage and costs in 2019 and trends over time, including enrollment, premiums, cost sharing, and participation in the low-income subsidy program.

JAMA Forum: Medicare-For-All or Medicare-For-More?

In this May 2019 post for The JAMA forum, Larry Levitt examines how the early discussion and positioning among the presidential candidates offers a glimpse into how a debate about Medicare-for-all might play out.

Web Briefing: Making Sense of Medicare-For-All and Other Plans to Expand Public Coverage

With the new Democratic House majority and many 2020 presidential candidates talking about what’s next in health care, there’s renewed attention on reforms that would expand coverage and make health care more affordable. These include proposals to create a national Medicare-for-all plan, a public plan option, and allowing some Americans…