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Medicare Advantage: 2016 National Snapshot


In 2016, more than 18 of 56 million Medicare beneficiaries receive their benefits from Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. MA plans are private managed care organizations that contract with the federal government to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries.

MA options are available to beneficiaries in more than 3,200 counties throughout the nation. While MA enrollment has grown significantly in recent years, 38 million, or almost 70 percent of Medicare beneficiaries, still choose to receive their benefits from original Medicare, also known as Medicare fee-for-service (FFS).

Funding for this research was provided by Aetna. Avalere maintained full editorial control.

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