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Few Change Medicare Plans Each Year, But Three Times as Many Are Considering a Change in 2010, Allsup Survey Finds,
Date:11/9/2009

as to why they’re reluctant to make a change,” Gada said. “For example, many people find the process of comparing Medicare plans too confusing and difficult, especially since there could be dozens available.”

Barriers to Change

Four in five seniors say they’ve not changed plans because they are satisfied with their current plan. However, for those not satisfied, the most significant roadblocks are finding information, comparing plans and understanding the different Medicare options.

One-third of these seniors (35 percent) say they have not changed plans because it is too confusing given the many different Medicare options; 25 percent report it’s too hard to find information or to compare different plans, according to the survey.

Concerns about keeping doctors and securing treatment also deterred seniors from changing Medicare plans. Ten percent report they did not change plans because they were concerned a pre-existing condition would not be covered under a new plan, and 5 percent were concerned the health provider they wanted to use would not be a part of the new plan, according to the Allsup survey. Another 15 percent report they have not changed because they have traditional Medicare with a group health plan through a former employer and 10 percent reported other reasons, such as being unaware they could switch plans or
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