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1 in 3 Medicare Part D Enrollees Select Medicare Advantage Drug Plans for 2009
Date:2/24/2009

ear the end of 2008.

United Healthcare solidified its market leader status by claiming the number one and two most popular PDPs, partly through its ability to serve automatically assigned LIS beneficiaries in more states for 2009. Humana, who raised its PDP premiums by 60 and 63 percent, lost 31 percent of its PDP enrollment relative to mid-2008 levels.

"Economic forces are reshaping Medicare," said Washington. "Many beneficiaries appeared to vote with their feet by moving to drug plans with cheaper premiums, as there was a strong correlation between premiums and plan selection. The government was also protected by automatic switching of many low-income beneficiaries to the less expensive plans. Medicare beneficiaries are typically on a fixed income and will likely be looking for these kinds of savings going forward as well."

Avalere Health uses its DataFrame database to track trends in the Medicare Part D marketplace. Launched in 2006 in concert with the first year of the drug benefit program, DataFrame can be used to analyze plans, product placement, cost-sharing, benefit structure and other items that can impact beneficiary experience and commercial business performance.


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