Empowering Seniors to be Active Choosers in Medicare

Empowering Seniors to be Active Choosers in Medicare 

66% of seniors on Traditional Medicare are unaware of the option of Medicare Advantage when they turn 65. Knowing more means making the right choice for themselves.

Seniors doing research

Majority of seniors are not aware of the choice for Medicare Advantage. The Active Choosers campaign by Better Medicare Alliance calls on the Administration to improve education and outreach efforts on the option of Medicare Advantage.

55% of seniors on Traditional Medicare are unfamiliar with the Medicare Advantage option.

66% of seniors on Traditional Medicare said they did not know about the option of Medicare Advantage at initial Open Enrollment.

58% of seniors on Traditional Medicare say they do not understand the difference between Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage.

56% of seniors on Medicare don’t know that Medicare Advantage has out-of-pocket limit.

90% of seniors have never heard of Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan.

73% of seniors on Medicare Advantage are NOT concerned about switching to Traditional Medicare.

Improving materials and decision making tools, as well as conducting outreach and education is essential if more beneficiaries are to learn about Medicare Advantage.

Together, we support Active Choosers

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Healthcare Leadership Council
  • National Coalition on Health Care
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • National Black Nurses Association
  • Population Health Alliance
  • Consumer Action
  • Silver Sneakers by Tivity
  • National Medical Association
  • American Medical Group Association
  • National Minority Quality Forum

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Medicare Advantage is addressing the needs of beneficiaries by enabling value-driven, high-quality care for seniors. BMA takes the lead on urging CMS to ensure that the Medicare-eligible population is given the proper resources to be informed on their choices when they turn 65. It is the joined responsibility of SSA and CMS to ensure that seniors and caregivers are making fully-informed critical decisions about their health care.

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