Medicare Advantage coverage providers have started the year with 24 million enrollees, or about 9.2% more than they had a year ago.
The total number of people eligible for Medicare grew 6.4%, to 68 million.
The Medicare Advantage program’s share of all people eligible for Medicare increased to 35%, from 34% last year.
- Links to collections of detailed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicare enrollment data are available here.
- An article about Medicare Advantage enrollment period Google search activity is available here.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that runs the Medicare program, has published the latest Medicare eligibles data and the Medicare Advantage enrollee numbers in the Monthly Enrollment by State 2020 01 data file.
The data file also gives information about related matters, such as the number of people with stand-alone Medicare Part prescription drug coverage. The number of people with stand-alone drug coverage fell 1.1%, to 25 million
The data file provides data for all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
The Medicare Advantage program gives commercial health insurers and managed care companies a chance to provide the an alternative to what CMS calls “Original Medicare” coverage.
Some Medicare enrollees use Medicare supplement insurance to fill in the gaps in Original Medicare programs. Other people use Medicaid; sign up for new or experimental programs, such as PACE plans; or have no protect against health care costs other than Original Medicare itself.