Insurers kicked off the annual enrollment period for 2016 Medicare coverage Thursday.
Consumers can sign up for Medicare Advantage health coverage or Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage from now through Dec. 7.
The average basic Medicare drug plan premium will be $32.50 per month, and the average Medicare Advantage plan premium will be $32.91, according to officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Insurers have complained about the effects of changes in Medicare program reimbursement levels and strategies on plan finances, but they continue to compete hard for private Medicare plan business.
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UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) has a Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplement marketing relationship with AARP.
On the Web, AARP, UnitedHealth, and the UnitedHealth Medicare product program tend to dominate Google and Bing search results for search terms such as “Medicare plans.”
For a user who searches without being logged in to Google or Bing, other organizations that tend to come up high in the results include Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET); Mutual of Omaha; Express Scripts Inc. (Nasdaq:ESRX); Excel Impact’s Medigap.com site; InsuranceQuotes.com’s Medicare-Plans.org site; and TZ Insurance Solutions’ MedicareAdvantage.com site.