Nearly all seniors satisfied with Medicare AdvantageNews added by Benefits Pro on March 6, 2013

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By Kathryn Mayer

America’s Health Insurance Plans touted a poll Monday that finds nearly all seniors are satisfied with their Medicare Advantage coverage.

Nine out of 10 seniors are happy with the program, the new survey from North Star Opinion Research, commissioned by AHIP, finds.

The findings are part of AHIP’s push against further cuts to Medicare Advantage recently proposed by the Obama administration. CMS last month proposed a 2.3 percent reduction in Medicare Advantage payments for 2014, a move that AHIP argues will “lead to higher costs, fewer benefits, and limited health care choices for beneficiaries.”

“These steep cuts to Medicare Advantage will result in seniors losing the benefits they like and rely on today,” AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni said in a statement.

The survey finds that seniors in Medicare Advantage are as satisfied with their plan as seniors in traditional Medicare. Medicare Advantage enrollees say they are satisfied with their plan by a 90 to 7 percent margin, similar to the 92 to 5 percent satisfaction of those in traditional Medicare.

Ninety-four percent of MA patients said they are satisfied with the quality of care they receive, 92 percent are satisfied with their choice of doctors, and 81 percent are satisfied with their out-of-pocket costs, the poll found.

These findings are consistent with a 2007 satisfaction survey of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries.

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