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Dec. 7 deadline to sign up for a plan that helps seniors fill coverage gaps

DANVILLE, PA – With the Dec. 7 Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) deadline quickly approaching, there’s still time for eligible seniors to evaluate and enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan for 2023. Medicare Advantage plans help older adults fill healthcare gaps that traditional Medicare does not cover, such as vision, dental, prescription benefits and long-term care.

Participation in Medicare Advantage plans has more than doubled over the last 15 years according to a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. In 2022, more than 28 million people in the United States — 48% of the eligible Medicare population — are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. The Congressional Budget Office projects this figure will rise to 61% in the next decade.

In Pennsylvania, the figure is slightly higher than the percentage of U.S. participants, with more than half (52%) of beneficiaries across the Commonwealth enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. 

“The time is now for seniors to review their Medicare Advantage plan and make sure it covers the gaps in traditional plans and fits their lifestyles and needs,” said Roger van Baaren, chief sales officer for Geisinger Health Plan “Look beyond standard health benefits and explore health coverage that can offer you access to wellness resources.”

Geisinger Health Plan is ranked best among commercial health plans in Pennsylvania for member satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2022 Commercial Member Health Plan Study for its third consecutive year. Geisinger’s Medicare Advantage Gold plan offers supplemental benefits and offers comprehensive health coverage with access to 29,000 in-network physicians, 3,000 pharmacies and more than 100 hospitals. 

In addition, all Geisinger Gold plan members can participate in Geisinger 65 Forward, a program that delivers concierge care focused on older adults. At a 65 Forward Health Center, members can enjoy:
Same-day appointments to see the doctor faster
Longer 1:1 time with the doctor 
Social and educational activities
A personal wellness plan, including state-of-the-art fitness equipment, exercise classes and wellness coordinators 
Access to mental health resources, including therapists and online tools

Geisinger’s program data indicates participation in programs like 65 Forward lowers inpatient admissions by 15% and lowers emergency room visits by 40%.

“Don’t ignore mental health benefits because standard Medicare coverage offers little access to mental health services,” said Cybele Pacheco, M.D., director of senior-focused care at Geisinger. “Maintaining strong personal and social connections is essential in staying happy and healthy as we age.”

Click here to learn more about Geisinger’s health plans.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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