MA in the News
January 5, 2015

Seniors Switching to Medicare Advantage, Study Finds

Medicare Advantage is a popular choice for seniors already enrolled in traditional Medicare.

That’s the conclusion of a new study released Monday, which found that a majority of beneficiaries who enrolled in private Medicare plans between 2006 and 2011 were switching from the main program.

This choice was most common among seniors in their late sixties, who switched from the traditional program at “higher-than-average rates,” according to researchers.

Published in the journal Health Affairs, the study challenges the notion that the rise in Medicare Advantage enrollment is primarily due to new beneficiaries choosing private plans at the outset.

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