MedSupp Presents Disruption Opportunity for MA Plans

Medicare beneficiaries who shopped and made a coverage change during this last Annual Election Period (AEP) were more likely to stick with their current insurer than in years past, illustrating the dual need for insurers to engage with consumers throughout the year and to innovate with benefits that will attract and retain satisfied members, according to experts speaking at a recent webinar co-hosted by Deft Research and GHG Advisors. At the same time, Medicare Supplemental (MedSupp) customers are showing increased interest in Medicare Advantage, presenting more opportunities to disrupt that market.

Outside of a few dozen rural counties where it’s hard to create an attractive plan network, MA insurers across the country are seeing solid growth, with close to 43% of Medicare eligibles enrolling in the individual and group MA market — moving ever closer to CMS’s estimate that MA penetration will reach 50% by 2025, observed Deft Executive Vice President George Dippel during the April 8 webinar, “2021 AEP: How the Results Will Drive Plan Decisions for 2022 and Beyond.”

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues since the early 2000s and specializes in in-depth reporting on Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Medicare Part D. She also possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of pharmacy benefit management, having written AIS Health’s Radar on Drug Benefits from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016. In addition to her role as managing editor of Radar on Medicare Advantage, she oversees AIS Health’s publications and manages the health editorial staff. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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