From Medicare Advantage News - Medicare Advantage enrollment as of the Jan. 1, 2017 payment date reached 19.4 million beneficiaries, or 33.9% of total Medicare-eligible individuals, according to CMS data posted Jan. 17. While the January figures typically do not provide a complete picture of what happened during the Annual Election Period (AEP), this year’s data indicate a large pickup of lives from December and may reflect some of the uncertainties faced by seniors around the November 2016 election, experts say. Read more
From Medicare Advantage News - A major change in risk-adjustment methodology that went into effect for 2017 alleviated a deep concern of many Medicare Advantage plans with large percentages of dual eligibles. Read more
From Medicare Advantage News - In a preliminary look at the outcome of the recently concluded Medicare Advantage Annual Election Period (AEP), observations gathered from marketing experts indicate that shopping among MA and Part D consumers was active but that enrollees were slow to pull the trigger on narrowing down a plan. This could have been due to a variety of factors, from overall concerns about the cost and complexity of benefits to “noise” surrounding… Read more
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