Medicare Advantage Enrollment Surges For Centene And WellCare

Centene and WellCare Health Plans are the latest to report a surge in seniors signing up for private Medicare coverage administered by health insurers.

Centene and WellCare, which reported earnings Tuesday, have been expanding beyond their historic business lines dominated by administering Medicaid benefits for states into Medicare Advantage. Centene also has a large business offering subsidized individual coverage offered under the Affordable Care Act.

But these health insurers are joining the parade of health plans and startups taking advantage of more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day and rule changes administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow private insurers to offer more benefits in Medicare Advantage plans they sell. Read More.

Original Article on Forbes by Bruce Jaspen