Expanded Medicare Advantage and Part D Updates

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently finalized updates to increase plan choices and benefits.  These updates expand opportunities for seniors to choose Medicare Advantage plans that are providing new supplemental benefits tailored to their specific needs.  

The new updates for 2020 will give chronically ill patients with Medicare Advantage the possibility of accessing a broader range of supplemental benefits that are not necessarily health-related but may have a reasonable likelihood of improving or maintaining health or overall function of the enrollees’ chronic condition or illness.  

For example, Medicare Advantage beneficiaries might now be eligible to receive meal delivery in more circumstances, transportation for non-medical needs like grocery shopping, and home environment services to improve their health or overall function as it relates to their chronic illness.  Providers are encouraged to contact their Medicare Advantage payor to learn if they plan to cover this benefit.

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