State of Medicare Advantage - 2021

The 2021 State of Medicare Advantage report highlights the importance of high-quality, affordable health care for the over 27 million seniors and individuals with disabilities. At Better Medicare Alliance, we believe that Medicare Advantage provides the opportunity for a healthier future.

Greater Diversity
Lower Costs
Better Outcomes
State of Medicare Advantage Report

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, unveiled its 2021 State of Medicare Advantage report, showing greater diversity, lower costs, and better outcomes in Medicare Advantage, as compared to Traditional Medicare.

In this report, we have compiled the latest data into a comprehensive, one-of-its-kind publication that offers a full picture of Medicare Advantage today – from beneficiary demographics and enrollment trends, to consumer savings and improved outcomes, to Medicare Advantage’s response to COVID-19 and the continued drive to health equity.

Medicare Advantage beneficiary satisfaction reached new heights in 2020.

Medicare Advantage beneficiaries reported 98% satisfaction with their health coverage in 2020. Minority beneficiaries give their health coverage a 99% satisfaction rating.

60% of enrollees were in a zero-dollar premium plan in 2020.

96% of Medicare Advantage enrollees have access to at least one zero-dollar premium plan.

Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are proportionally more diverse, with higher rates of social risk factors.

Minorities comprise 33.7% of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries compared to 16% of Traditional Medicare beneficiaries.

Seniors in Medicare Advantage Have Better Health Outcomes
43% lower

rate of avoidable hospitalizations for any reason

38% less

likely to have an inpatient hospital admission.

21% more

physician visits within 14 days of discharge

33% fewer

emergency room visits

52% higher

vaccination rates among high-needs, high-cost beneficiaries

11% fewer

inpatient hospitalization stays for beneficiaries with major, complex medical conditions

Nearly 90% of Medicare Advantage plans offer benefits such as wellness, dental, vision, or hearing coverage.

68% of Medicare Advantage plans offer all four of these benefits. A growing number of plans also offer supplemental benefits for chronically ill beneficiaries that address social determinants of health.

Medicare Advantage beneficiaries report $1,640 a year in savings.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports the Medicare Advantage average monthly premiums is $21 in 2021, which is $2.63 less than 2020.

Strong bipartisan support for Medicare Advantage in Congress continues to grow.

402 Members of Congress, the highest number ever, sent bipartisan companion letters to the Administration expressing strong support for Medicare Advantage in 2020.

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Plans, providers, community partners, beneficiaries, and policymakers must work together to support current efforts and build new opportunities to improve beneficiary health and quality of life through high-value care in Medicare Advantage – the future of Medicare.