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Senator Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, speaks at an event to launch the presidential campaign in Oakland, California, USA, on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Photo: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg © 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP© 2017 Bloomberg Finance LP

Health insurers report unprecedented growth in the number of seniors flocking to private Medicare Advantage plans, while there is talk of a single-payer, government-run approach that could uproot a such coverage.

In the same week, US Senator Kamala Harris (California) announced her support for Medicare for All, insurers Anthem and Cigna announced strong growth in Medicare Advantage, a private coverage sold through federal government contracts.

Registration to Anthem's Medicare Advantage jumped 35% to more than one million by the end of 2018 Compared to 746,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017, the operator of Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans announced last week. "Our sole proprietorship Medicare Advantage is on track to meet our two-digit medium growth target," analyst Anthem CEO Gail Boudreaux told the company's fourth quarter results conference. last week. "Overall, we estimate that our Medicare Advantage growth will exceed 20% by the end of 2019."

Meanwhile, Cigna announced Friday that its Medicare Advantage registrations had increased 1% from 432,000 to 436,000. The UnitedHealth group closed the year 2018 with 4.9 million registrants in the United States. Medicare Advantage program, an increase of almost 12% from 4.4 million at the end of 2017. Other insurers, including Aetna, which is now part of CVS Health, are expected to record an increase in the number of registrations to Medicare Advantage later this month, after extending these plans to new markets.

The industry is capitalizing on a market of more than 10,000 baby boomers aging every day in the Medicare population . Insurers who released their results for 2018 are forecasting overall industry growth slightly above the record growth anticipated by the Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) service centers planned for Medicare Advantage last fall. "We have completed a successful registration season at Medicare Advantage. . . and are poised to achieve growth in 2019 in the expected range of 400,000 to 450,000, "said Steve Nelson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare, to the insurance industry, to insurers two weeks ago.

Medicare Advantage plans to enter into a contract with the federal government to provide additional benefits and services to seniors, such as disease management hotlines and nursing assistants, some of whom even offer vision care programs dental and well-being. CMS is currently amending its regulations to allow Medicare Advantage plans to expand coverage in the future, which should also boost enrollment. L.E.K. According to forecasts, the number of Medicare Advantage registrations is expected to reach 38 million, a market penetration of 50% by the end of 2025.

As seniors flock to Medicare Advantage, analysts believe that this will prevent Democrats, during the presidential campaign, from supporting a Medicare for All approach that would end the role of the private insurer.

The insurance industry is most concerned about so-called "single payer" forms of health insurance, which would likely replace the role of the private insurer with some form of government-managed coverage. US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has adopted the single payer approach for years, but the 2017 Medicare Act for all, that he, Harris and others, mentioned mentioned "the possibility of subscribing to a Medicare Advantage Plan".

America's Health Insurance Plans, the health insurance lobby that includes Anthem, Cigna and other insurers that sell Medicare Advantage, said the Americans did not want a "single health system."

"Today, health insurance providers cover hundreds of millions of Americans – including 180 million Americans covered by an employer, 20 million covered by Medicare Advantage, 55 million covered by Medicaid, and 20 million shoppers . its own cover, "said AHIP spokesperson Kristine Grow.

"The vast majority of these 300 million Americans are satisfied with their existing coverage," added Grow. "One of the reasons they appreciate their coverage is that it gives them choice and control.Health care is personal – all Americans are unique individuals with different health care needs, according to their stage of life, their place of residence, their income and resources, as well as their physical and mental health.People should be able to get the care they need, when they need it, at an affordable cost. "

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Senator Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, speaks at an event to launch the presidential campaign in Oakland, California, USA on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Photo: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg © 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP © 2017 Bloomberg Finance LP

Health insurers report unprecedented growth in the number of seniors flocking to private Medicare Advantage plans, while there is talk of a single-payer, government-run approach that could uproot a such coverage.

In the same week, US Senator Kamala Harris (California) announced her support for Medicare for All, insurers Anthem and Cigna announced strong growth in Medicare Advantage, a private coverage sold through federal government contracts.

Registration to Anthem's Medicare Advantage jumped 35% to more than one million by the end of 2018 Compared to 746,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017, the operator of Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans announced last week. "Our sole proprietorship Medicare Advantage is on track to meet our two-digit medium growth target," analyst Anthem CEO Gail Boudreaux told the company's fourth quarter results conference. last week. "Overall, we estimate that our Medicare Advantage growth will exceed 20% by the end of 2019."

Meanwhile, Cigna announced Friday that its Medicare Advantage registrations had increased 1% from 432,000 to 436,000. The UnitedHealth group closed the year 2018 with 4.9 million registrants in the United States. Medicare Advantage program, an increase of almost 12% from 4.4 million at the end of 2017. Other insurers, including Aetna, which is now part of CVS Health, are expected to record an increase in the number of registrations to Medicare Advantage later this month, after extending these plans to new markets.

The industry is capitalizing on a market of more than 10,000 baby boomers aging every day in the Medicare population . Insurers who released their results for 2018 are forecasting overall industry growth slightly above the record growth anticipated by the Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) service centers planned for Medicare Advantage last fall. "We have completed a successful registration season at Medicare Advantage. . . and are poised to achieve growth in 2019 in the expected range of 400,000 to 450,000, "said Steve Nelson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare, to the insurance industry, to insurers two weeks ago.

Medicare Advantage plans to enter into a contract with the federal government to provide additional benefits and services to seniors, such as disease management hotlines and nursing assistants, some of whom even offer vision care programs dental and well-being. CMS is currently amending its regulations to allow Medicare Advantage plans to expand coverage in the future, which should also boost enrollment. L.E.K. According to forecasts, the number of Medicare Advantage registrations is expected to reach 38 million, a market penetration of 50% by the end of 2025.

As seniors flock to Medicare Advantage, analysts believe that this will prevent Democrats, during the presidential campaign, from supporting a Medicare for All approach that would end the role of the private insurer.

The insurance industry is most concerned about so-called "single payer" forms of health insurance, which would likely replace the role of the private insurer with some form of government-managed coverage. US Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has adopted the single payer approach for years, but the 2017 Medicare Act for all, that he, Harris and others, mentioned mentioned "the possibility of subscribing to a Medicare Advantage Plan".

America's Health Insurance Plans, the health insurance lobby that includes Anthem, Cigna and other insurers that sell Medicare Advantage, said the Americans did not want a "single health system."

"Today, health insurance providers cover hundreds of millions of Americans – including 180 million Americans covered by an employer, 20 million covered by Medicare Advantage, 55 million covered by Medicaid, and 20 million shoppers . its own cover, "said AHIP spokesperson Kristine Grow.

"The vast majority of these 300 million Americans are satisfied with their existing coverage," added Grow. "One of the reasons they appreciate their coverage is that it gives them choice and control.Health care is personal – all Americans are unique individuals with different health care needs, according to their stage of life, their place of residence, their income and resources, as well as their physical and mental health.People should be able to get the care they need, when they need it, at an affordable cost. "