The recent Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15 – Dec 7, 2012) did not result in major gains for any one Medicare Advantage plan in Tucson or Pima County. CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) posts Medicare Advantage enrollment numbers each month, so I compared plan enrollment numbers from October 2012 to January 2013.
Pima County Medicare Advantage enrollment:
AARP Medicare Complete HMO: 21,027 total enrollees in January 2013, for a 9% increase from October 2012.
AARP Medicare Complete Plus HMO-POS: 14,891 total enrollees in January 2013, for a 5% decrease from October 2012.
Caremore Health Plan of Arizona HMO: 9,653 total enrollees in January 2013, for a 5% increase from October 2012.
Humana Health Plan, Inc HMO: 5,017 total enrollees in January 2013, for a 5% increase from October 2012.
Health Net of Arizona HMO: 13,205 total enrollees in January 2013, for a 1 % decrease from October 2012.
SCAN Health Plan of Arizona HMO: 222 total enrollees in January 2013, for a 31% increase from October 2012.
Although SCAN enrollment increased 31%, they added only 53 new members. SCAN enrollment grew very quickly in the Phoenix area over the last three years but has not made much headway in Tucson.
Caremore continues to enroll new members, but the pace appears to be slowing.
Humana enrollment seems to have picked up from the last two years.
Health Net is hanging on to members after losing many members over the last three years.
The AARP Medicare Complete (Plan 1) had lost enrollments over the last few years, but reversed that trend for 2013. I suppose a 9% increase in enrollment for this plan is a pretty significant increase.
NOTE: I can’t say any more about these plans because I am an insurance broker. I cannot appear to promote one plan over another. I like to check on enrollment numbers to see if one plan is growing more than others – or losing enrollments. Adding enrollees doesn’t necessarily mean a plan is better than the others and, unfortunately, there is no one plan that is significantly better than the others.
The CMS enrollment data for Medicare Advantage can be found at: