Many Medicare Advantage beneficiaries report financial instability, food insecurity, Humana report finds

Nearly half of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries report having at least one health-related social need, a study published in the July issue of Health Affairs found. 

The study, written by researchers at Humana, surveyed over 300,000 Humana Medicare Advantage enrollees. 

Beneficiaries who were dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid were more likely to have health-related social needs, with 80 percent reporting at least one of seven needs. 

The most common health-related social need in the sample was financial instability, with around 2 in 5 enrollees reporting instability. Around 3 in 5 dual eligible enrollees reported instability. 

Around 1 in 4 enrollees reported food insecurity, and around half of dual-eligible enrollees experienced food insecurity. 

Medicare beneficiaries younger than 65, who qualify for the program based on certain disabilities, were more likely to have health-related social needs than older beneficiaries, the study found. 

Read the full study here. 

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