HHS Secretary: We Want to Go Further with Medicare Advantage In-Home Benefits
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 12:40 PM
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is working toward expanding the Medicare Advantage (MA) benefits for in-home healthcare.
“Our system can often be penny-wise and pound-foolish, spending generously on health care without considering how health could be improved by addressing non-health needs,” Azar said Tuesday during the Medicare Advantage (MA) Summit hosted by the Better Medicare Alliance in Washington, D.C. “You’ve already seen one effort to address [social determinants] through new supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage, like home-delivered meals, transportation and home modifications,” he told summit attendees. “We want to go further, and we look forward to working with all of you to think about how best to do that.”
Some MA plans offer coverage for non-health needs and going forward the plan appears to be to expand coverage so that more patients can take advantage of needed services.
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