New Study: People with Medicare Supplement Coverage Two Times Less Likely to Have Problems Paying Medical Bills

In a report released today, America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Center for Policy and Research examines Medicare Supplement coverage options, current demographics of enrollees with Medicare Supplement policies, and the most recent enrollment trends.

Key takeaways from today’s report include:

  • Among fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare enrollees without additional insurance coverage (such as Medicaid, employer-provided insurance, etc.), 49% had Medicare Supplement coverage in 2017.
  • Between December 2017 and December 2018, national Medicare Supplement enrollment increased from 13.5 million to 14 million enrollees.
  • Medicare enrollees with Medicare Supplement coverage were two times less likely to have problems paying medical bills compared to enrollees without Medicare Supplement policies. Only 5% of enrollees with Medicare Supplement coverage reported having difficulty paying medical bills in last 12 months, compared to 12% of FFS Medicare enrollees without Medicare Supplement coverage.
  • More women than men (56% to 44%) enroll in Medicare Supplement plans. Read More: AHIP

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