New from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Medicare Advantage Enrollment Update 2023
Edmer Lazaro, DPT, MSHCA; Fred Ullrich, BA; and Keith Mueller, PhD
The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) continues to monitor MA enrollment trends and how it is influenced by changes in health policies. More MA plans are being offered in 2023 than in any other year, indicating the appeal of this program for insurers throughout the country. The MA program delivers the program’s benefits to 53.9 percent of metropolitan beneficiaries, and the current rate of growth shows similar trends among nonmetropolitan enrollees. Such plans are attractive because they typically offer extra benefits, often with no additional premium. As the market continues to grow and enrollment rates in MA increase, researchers should continue to examine how well the MA program serves its beneficiaries, especially those living in nonmetropolitan areas. Changes in the MA program highlight the importance of developing policies that aim at improving care access for nonmetropolitan enrollees.
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