“Consumers access the Association’s online directory of local Medicare insurance agents,” Slome reports. The organization compared the total number of website visitors to the same period a year earlier.
“We send the message that even though Medicare is a national program, plan choices are often very local,” says Slome. “Celebrity spokespeople grab your attention, but a call center operator might not know all of the health insurance plans available to you and which one is right for you.”
“Today there are more plans than ever and they are continually changing,” notes Slome. “People have to navigate Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and then may have to find a Medicare drug plan. Medicare should begin issuing Certificates of Achievement to anyone who can competently understand and compare all of the available choices.
The Association works to increase consumer awareness and website visits ahead of Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). “AEP begins on October 5. This is the time when millions of seniors all have to make important decisions for the year ahead,” Slome shares. “We urge consumers to include at least one local Medicare agent in addition to calling as many toll-free numbers as desired.”
The organization’s online directory is the nation’s leading listing agent for third-party resources offering the Medicare Supplement as well as Medicare Advantage plans. “More than 90 percent of visitors to the website are consumers accessing the Association’s local directory of Medicare insurance agents,” confirms Slome. “AEP is always the time of year when website traffic gradually increases.”
To find Medicare insurance agents in your area, access the directory at https://www.medicaresupp.org/find-local-agent/. Access is free and completely private.
Medicare insurance agents interested in learning more about their listing in the directory can visit https://medicaresupp.org/sell-medicare-insurance/medicare-insurance-agent-directory/.
The American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance (AAMSI) advocates for the importance of planning. The organization maintains the main online national directory where consumers can find local Medicare insurance agents. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.medicaresupp.org.