By Robert King – FierceHealthPayer – November 19, 2020
The number of Medicare Advantage plans offering at least one of five expanded supplemental benefits increased 64% for the 2021 coverage year compared with 2020. The analysis released Wednesday by Better Medicare Alliance comes as plans offer wider benefits on adult day care and home-based palliative care among other expanded benefits for 2021.
CMS greatly expanded in 2018 and 2019 the types and flexibility of supplemental benefits that MA plans can offer. The five supplemental benefits: adult day health services, home-based palliative care, in-home support, caregiver support and therapeutic massage. BMA found 575 plans offer the supplemental benefits for the 2021 coverage year, a major increase from the 351 that decided to offer the benefits for 2020, the analysis found. Supplemental benefits have become a key selling point to Medicare beneficiaries.