Medicare Advantage in 2021: Enrollment Update and Key Trends from Kaiser Family Foundation

By Denise Wilson | June 29, 2021 | CMS, Medicare Advantage

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) issued a report on June 21, 2021, outlining Medicare Advantage (MA) trends for 2021. Of note, the report states enrollment in MA has doubled over the past decade. In 2021, more than four in ten Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in MA plans, a number that has increased steadily since the early 2000’s. UnitedHealthcare and Humana account for nearly half of all Medicare Advantage enrollees nationwide in 2021.

In KFF’s discussion of the trends, the authors noted, “[I]t will be increasingly important to assess how well Medicare’s current payment methodology for Medicare Advantage is working to enhance efficiency and hold down beneficiary costs and Medicare spending. It will also be important to monitor how well beneficiaries are being served in both Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare, in terms of costs, benefits, quality of care, patient outcomes, and access to providers, with particular attention to those with the greatest needs.”

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