The Medicare Current Beneﬁciary Survey is the leading source of information on the Medicare program. The purpose of this survey is to better understand the experiences of people who are covered by Medicare to help improve the Medicare program. This survey has been continuously conducted since 1991, and more than 1.2 million interviews have been conducted since the beginning.Para Español, haga cliq aquí.
MCBS stands for the Medicare Current Beneﬁciary Survey (MCBS). It collects information about health care, prescription drugs, and other health-related costs.
The MCBS is an ongoing survey designed to learn more about the people who are covered by Medicare. It helps legislators and policy makers understand the health care needs and costs of Americans who are covered by Medicare.
The interview will take place over the phone or in-person. It will take about 60 minutes to complete. You will be interviewed by a professional NORC interviewer.
Your information will be kept private and secure.
MCBS data inform key policy research and provide unique insight into the Medicare program. The data help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and policy makers better understand and evaluate the impact of existing programs and new policy initiatives and models.
NORC at the University of Chicago partners with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Department of Health and Human Services to carry out the MCBS.
What types of questions will I be asked?
We will ask you questions about your recent experiences with Medicare, such as:
How do I know my answers will be kept private?
Your answers are protected under the Federal Privacy Act of 1974. The information you report is combined with information provided by many others and only used to describe Medicare beneficiaries as a group. No information that could identify you individually is publicly released.
How will I recognize the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey interviewer?
If you have any questions about the credibility of an interviewer or your survey participation, you can visit http://www.norc.org/verifyme, call 1-866-856-NORC, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may ask for an interviewer's employee ID number on their badge and verify they work at NORC using any of the resources above.
The interviewer is a representative from NORC at the University of Chicago who wears an official NORC ID badge with their picture, name, title, ID number and signature. On the back is a distinctive hologram and phone number to call to confirm the interviewer’s identity.
How can I make an appointment or get more information?
If you receive a letter in the mail or if an interviewer contacts you, you may schedule an appointment using the information provided. You can even schedule the appointment for in the evening or on a weekend. If you would like to contact us to schedule an appointment, please call us toll free at 1-844-777-2151.You may also visit our Contact Us page to request a representative contact you to schedule your appointment or answer questions you may have.