On Jan. 11, RetireGuide launched its latest feature article. “How Medicare Advantage Took Over Senior Health Care” offers a deep dive into the rapid growth of Medicare Advantage, analyzing the program’s origins and breaking down its march to market dominance.

For the first time in history, the majority of beneficiaries may be enrolled in Medicare Advantage as early as 2023. This marks the culmination of a significant shift in how older Americans receive their health care and could have major implications for the future of the Medicare program.

Medicare Advantage’s rise to prominence has been dramatic. As recently as 15 years ago, nearly 80% of Medicare enrollees did not choose private plans. This feature chronicles how Medicare Advantage rose to prominence so quickly and what that means for beneficiaries today — and in the future.

RetireGuide spoke with multiple experts in the field to better understand the growth of private Medicare plans and what impacts that development could have on beneficiaries in the coming years.

About the Feature’s Experts

  • David Meyers, Health researcher and assistant professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health
  • Jack Hoadley, Ph.D., Former commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and research professor emeritus in the Health Policy Institute of Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy
  • Joe Arroyo, Independent insurance agent and author of “Mastering Medicare: Enroll with Confidence”
  • Kelly Anderson, Assistant professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Abigail Barker, Ph.D., Research assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis’ Center for Health Economics and Policy

For media inquiries and collaborations, contact RetireGuide writer Christian Simmons at csimmons@retireguide.com.