Year-Over-Year Medicare Advantage Enrollment Up Over 2 Million


March 28, 2024

Results for the Annual Election Period (AEP) for Medicare Advantage (MA) and prescription drug plans (PDPs), which runs each year from October 15th through December 7th, are now available. Health companies compete by offering new pricing and product options to beneficiaries during the AEP. Plans then begin to analyze final enrollment results in February, and then again in April and May, after the Open Enrollment Period (OEP), to evaluate their standing and assess which competitors gained and lost members during the last AEP and OEP. Many companies conduct their post-enrollment period competitive assessments by using tools such as Mark Farrah Associates’ (MFA) Medicare Business Online™ and Health Coverage Portal™.



  • Overall Medicare Eligibles increased from 65.2 million in March of 2023 to 66.6 million in March of 2024. This is an increase of 1.42 million beneficiaries.
  • As of March 1, 2024, total MA membership stood at 33,799,730, with a net gain of over 2.0 million members from March 1, 2023.
  • Medicare stand-alone PDPs covered 23,099,944 members, as of March 1, 2024, a gain of approximately 567,000, or an increase of 2.45% from 22,533,411 on March 1, 2023.

Stay tuned for next month’s Healthcare Strategy report that will discuss this topic in more detail. As always, MFA will continue to report on important plan performance and competitive shifts across all segments.

About this Data

This brief is based on an analysis of enrollment data for Medicare Advantage (MA) and prescription drug plans (PDPs) released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Mark Farrah Associates’ Medicare Business Online™ simplifies the tracking of monthly MA and PDP enrollment by competitor. Enrollment data is updated monthly as soon as CMS releases new data.

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