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12% of Medicare Advantage Plans Will Offer Expanded Supplemental Benefits in 2020

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2019 1:55 PM

In April 2018, CMS expanded Medicare Advantage (MA) to increase the scope of supplemental benefits and home health care providers have been trying to figure out how to work it into their reimbursement options.  Initially only 3% of MA plans offered these in-home benefits in 2019, but a new independent study by actuarial consulting firm Milliman says there will be a large expansion in 2020.  It is estimated that 12% of MA plans will now offer these in-home benefits.

“The growth in supplemental benefits across Medicare Advantage plans as compared to 2019 tells a remarkable story of how plans are finding new ways to care for the whole person and address social determinants of health,” Allyson Y. Schwartz, president and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, said in a statement. “These benefits not available in traditional Medicare help enrollees to safely remain in their own homes, avoid social isolation — and lead longer, healthier lives.”

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