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3 Trends to Watch in this Medicare Open Enrollment Season

Summary

As Medicare Advantage enrollment grows and benefits continue to evolve, beneficiaries must keep pace with these changes and investigate plan options amidst current healthcare debates.

On October 14, Forbes published an article by Avalere founder, Dan Mendelson, highlighting expanded benefits for 2019 Medicare Advantage plans and considerations for seniors during open enrollment.

While the presidential debates remain focused on grand visions for the future of Medicare, beneficiaries have more immediate concerns for reenrollment, such as evaluating new non-medical supplemental benefits and choosing plans that best align with their medical histories and individual needs.  Many added benefits reflect a focus on value-based care by aiming to decrease hospital readmissions, prevent or improve injuries and health conditions, and reduce avoidable emergency room visits.  These, along with lower out-of-pocket expenses, continue to draw seniors to private sector delivery models like Medicare Advantage, even while some 2020 candidates call for dissolving these types of plans.

Read the full Forbes article.

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