New CMS Data Highlights ‘Massive’ Expansion of Home Care-Related Medicare Advantage Benefits

Home Health Care News, Robert Holly

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a treasure trove of new Medicare Advantage (MA) statistics late Thursday.

While the new numbers flag a general rise in MA enrollment and drop in premiums, they also reveal a massive expansion of the supplemental benefit programs that have gotten home care operators so excited over the past few years.

“The increase in the number of plans that are offering these additional types of supplemental benefits is exciting,” ATI Advisory CEO Anne Tumlinson told Home Health Care News. “It’s creating a really good marketplace for beneficiaries. Not only are their prices for enrolling lower than they have been in the past, but the number of new and innovative types of benefits — and plans offering them — is higher.”

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