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2022 Medicare Coverage Survey

February 18, 2022

2022 Medicare Coverage Survey

Setting health goals and making Medicare coverage changes in 2022 is a theme for many Medicare participants according to the latest survey.

Our February 2022 survey reached 1,000 Medicare-eligible Americans ages 65 and up, asking about changes made to their 2022 Medicare coverage during the fall Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), which runs from October 15 - December 7 each year. The survey also gauged healthcare cost concerns, access to medical devices like hearing aids, and healthcare technology usage behaviors.

2022 Medicare Coverage

Key Finding #1: 34% considered making changes to their 2022 Medicare coverage during the fall Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP).

Our survey uncovered that many of our Medicare-eligible participants were dissatisfied with their existing Medicare coverage and decided to switch their Medicare plans during AEP. In fact, of that 34% that considered making changes during their 2022 Medicare coverage during AEP, 42% actually switched Medicare plans.

Other top highlights include:

Key Finding #2: 75% are concerned about out-of-pocket medical expenses.

While 75% are concerned about growing medical bills, a whopping 91% of our survey participants think vision, dental and hearing aids should be covered in every Medicare plan.

Here are their additional medical cost concerns:

  • 91% think prescription drugs are too expensive.
  • 29% ordered prescription drugs online because it was cheaper.
  • 22% have avoided getting hearing aids because of the cost.

Embracing Technology and Health Goals In The New Year

Key Finding #1: 61% think the COVID-19 pandemic has advanced healthcare technology, and 58% have embraced technology more during the pandemic.

These additional survey findings support these key stats:

  • 71% think telehealth/virtual visits are more convenient than going to the doctor.
  • 67% trust at-home technology to monitor their health.
  • 42% used telemedicine during the pandemic, and 64% will continue to use it when the pandemic is over.
  • 19% use a wearable device to monitor their health (i.e. Fitbit or Apple Watch).

Key Finding #2: 25% have made health-related New Year’s resolutions

While the majority do not use the gym as a means for exercise, 53% regularly workout through other activities like walking, doing virtual workouts, and using their at-home gym equipment.

Full Survey Results

View the full Medicare survey results.

Survey Methodology

The above survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults ages 65 and older from January 23-26, 2022. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the 65+ population. Margin of Sampling Error: +/- 3.1 percentage points.

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