Nearly all Seniors Happy with Medicare Advantage

Read any happy news lately?  With all the angst and uncertainty about the upcoming changes to our healthcare landscape, it was nice to open our email and read a positive article about happy senior healthcare constituents.

According to an article by The Hill, a health insurance poll, commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) in February, shows that “Ninety-four percent (of respondents) said they are satisfied with the quality of their care, 90 percent are satisfied with their benefits and 81 percent are satisfied with their out-of-pocket expenses…AHIP called these findings ‘consistent with a 2007 satisfaction survey’ on Medicare Advantage plans.”

The article further says “that nine in 10 seniors are happy with their Medicare Advantage (MA) coverage…The messaging is part of AHIP’s push against further Medicare Advantage cuts proposed by the Obama administration” due in March. “The Health and Human Services Department said Feb. 15 that the private Medicare plans will face a 2.2 percent payment cut in 2014…These steep cuts to Medicare Advantage will result in seniors losing the benefits they like and rely on today,” said Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of AHIP.

Similar findings from an October 2012 report, according to Healthcare Finance News, include:

  • “91 percent of seniors earning less than $15,000 per year and 95 percent of those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid report being satisfied with the program;
  •  Democratic and Republican seniors share a 90 percent satisfaction rate with their Part D coverage; and
  • More than 8 in 10 seniors report that their plan is predictable, affordable, reasonable and offers good value.”

What about you and your family? Are you happy with your coverage?  Are you worried about the pending payment cuts?  What are your biggest concerns?  We’d really like to engage in a dialogue so please share your thoughts and comments in the section below, or on our Facebook page.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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