Overall, the number of Medicare Advantage plans offering at least one of five recently expanded supplemental benefits – including home care – jumped 43% (575 to 824) from 2021 to 2022, while the number of plans offering more than one benefit increased 15% (175 to 202). A new brief released last week by Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) and prepared by the actuarial consulting firm Milliman highlights the continued expansion of supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage for Contract Year 2022.
Milliman’s findings show that, under the CMS reinterpretation of “primarily health-related” benefits, supplemental benefit offerings in Medicare Advantage like home-based palliative care, in-home support services, caregiver support, and therapeutic massage increased for the upcoming year.
“At HCAOA, we know that home care empowers all those in need to live their best lives, wherever they call home,” said Vicki Hoak, HCAOA Executive Director. “We are pleased to see the growth in Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits like home-based palliative care, in-home support services, and caregiver support – all of which help keep seniors safe at home and sustain families as they age.”
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