Medicare enrollment recently started and will continue through December 7. During this time, many seniors are making decisions about the quality of their healthcare services. Their decisions will affect what they pay, the doctors they see, and the services they use. While they have a plethora of options, Medicare Advantage is a popular option among seniors. It is also profitable for plan sponsors.
With significant growth in the senior market, the number of 65-plus people is expected to increase 30 percent to 73 million by 2030 and 70 percent to 95 million by 2060. Also, Medicare Advantage enrollment is expected to increase at an even greater rate. Currently, 24.2 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare Advantage. This number is expected to reach 37.5 million Americans in 2030.
The Popularity of Medicare Advantage Among Seniors is Attributed to Five Factors
Taking a focused approach, driven by data, is key in identifying specific audiences to promote plan incentives and benefits.
Targeting for Medicare Advantage Growth
As Medicare Advantage will have increasing enrollment, healthcare organizations may be inclined to pursue sophisticated targeting of locations for senior healthcare and wellness facilities, as well as eligible enrollees as part of their strategic marketing efforts. Doing so requires precision. Demographics and location alone are not enough. Understanding people’s health status, preferences, values, and utilization patterns is necessary to pinpoint target audiences for recruitment and marketing.
Medicare Advantage Facts and Figures
Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans increased from 6.9 million in 1999 to 24.1 million in 2020…
This represents 36% of all 67.7 million Medicare beneficiaries.
Medicare Advantage enrollment is forecast to increase to 51% in the eligible Medicare population by 2030.
Over 40% of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in nine states. They include Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Other locations include Puerto Rico and two states with less than 10% enrollment (Alaska and Wyoming). Outside of these areas, 10 states have an enrollment range of 11% to 20%.
Medicare Advantage includes Part A (hospital insurance), Part B (medical insurance), and usually Part D (Medicare drug coverage, plus other services such as fitness and over-the-counter therapies). Nearly 80% of Medicare Advantage enrollees are in plans with quality ratings of four or more stars. This is an increase from 2019. The share of enrollees in plans with three stars, which is an average rating, declined by half from 6% in 2019 to 3% in 2020.
After remaining flat for four years, the total number of Medicare Advantage plans increased by 34% over the past two years to 2,734.
As the senior population is growing, so is the interest in Medicare Advantage programs. To best cater to this trend, health systems need to understand the drivers that make Medicare Advantage an attractive option for the aging population. Factors include results, simplicity, scope, choice, and cost. Additionally, taking a focused approach, driven by data, is key in identifying specific audiences to promote plan incentives and benefits.
If you need guidance on the best next steps to take as part of this year’s Medicare enrollment period, ERDMAN is here for your support. We have decades of experience in healthcare and market research to advance your care models.
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