Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)

The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) is currently in process. Trained interviewers are setting up appointments with and interviewing a sample size of beneficiaries across the country. The survey collects information on beneficiary out-of-pocket expenses and utilization and overall Medicare experience.  Over 1 million interviews have been collected.  It was one of the ways CMS determined that Part D was needed as a benefit.

What to Expect

If you have been selected to participate in the survey, you will receive a letter and a brochure in the mail introducing the study and explaining that an interviewer from NORC at the University of Chicago will be contacting you shortly to schedule an appointment. The interviewer may contact you in person or by the phone. For more information, visit MCBS.

The MCBS is continually in the field and is an in-person survey – i.e. they  interview the beneficiary in their home.  Every Fall they contact new beneficiaries to participate in the survey.  Participants are in the survey for a total of 12 interviews over 4 years (3 interviews per year).

Keep Yourself Safe

As always, Medicare will not call you and ask for personal information. To view a survey letter that will be mailed out, visit Medicare.gov. If you have any questions about the authenticity of something you have received in the mail or a phone call, please call 1-800-MEDICARE.