eHealth Original Research: Medicare Beneficiaries Are Satisfied with Coverage but Worry About Costs and Feel Unheard by Political Leaders
88% of beneficiaries are satisfied with their Medicare plan
75% worry about out-of-pocket costs; 43% worry about premiums
Medicare policymakers need to be more responsive to the needs of beneficiaries
"As our research demonstrates, there are important nuances in how Medicare beneficiaries feel about their coverage and cost burden," notes
Key highlights from eHealth's research report:
- Many fear new costs with the end of the COVID emergency: 62% say they are worried about increased out-of-pocket costs for COVID-related care when the federal emergency declaration ends.
- Concerns for the future differ by income: Lack of access to the prescription drugs they need is the top concern for the most affluent beneficiaries, while lower-income beneficiaries worry more about benefits being reduced or being unable to pay for medical care.
- Annual coverage reviews are important, but awareness of some opportunities is low: Overall, 95% of beneficiaries say it's important to review their coverage options at least once per year, but only 10% of Medicare Advantage enrollees are aware of the Medicare Advantage enrollment period currently underway.
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