Tennessee Medicare Advantage Penetration Rates

Data Journalist

Updated on June 28th, 2021

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What Are Medicare Advantage Enrollment and Penetration in ?

Some residents are signed up for Medicare Advantage plans in . That translates to a penetration rate of about % among all people eligible for Medicare.

What Is Medicare Advantage?

Medicare Advantage packages the same access to doctors and hospitals as Original Medicare with other benefits. These options include prescription drugs, vision and dental coverage. Private companies administer Medicare Advantage plans with deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. Members usually get their benefits through an HMO or PPO.

Beneficiaries get lower premiums and a cap on out-of-pocket costs. But they get fewer choices of doctors and are limited to a geographic area for their plans.

What Are Trends in Medicare Advantage Enrollment in ?

enrollment numbers for Medicare Advantage plans have increased over the last dozen years. In 2008, about signed up for Medicare Advantage. In 2020, that number grew to some out of about residents who are eligible for Medicare.

What Are Noteworthy Trends in Medicare Advantage Penetration or Enrollment by County?

Medicare Advantage penetration rates have almost tripled in Tennessee since 2008. The most extensive growth occurred in the eastern part of the state, centered around Hawkins County with a penetration rate of 56.91% as of June 2020. Lake County was the lowest in the state with a penetration rate of just 23.26%.

Conclusion

Many Tennessee residents are choosing all-in-one Medicare Advantage plans for their health coverage. Despite the increase, many more residents are eligible for Medicare Advantage plans than are actually taking advantage of them.

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicare Advantage enrollment files by state, county and contract.



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