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Survey: Few Medicare Enrollees to Review Coverage Options

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Medicare enrollees will be paying more attention to their benefits this year – but not much more.

PlanPrescriber, Maynard, Mass., a unit of eHealth Inc., Mountain View, Calif. (NYSE:EHTH), has published data supporting that conclusion in a summary of results from a recent survey of 595 U.S. residents ages 65 and older.

The percentage of survey participants who said they will review their Medicare coverage options has increased to 22%, from 9% a year ago, PlanPrescriber says.

But PlanPrescriber, a Medicare comparison tool provider, says 34% of the participants who said they would take a look at coverage options have not actually started to do so.

Medicare enrollees seem to be standing pat even though the total number of Medicare Advantage plans available has fallen 13% and the percentage of enrollees with access to zero-premium Medicare private fee-for-service plans has fallen to 43%, from 88% in 2009.

- Allison Bell