Published October 5, 2020
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2021 brings a sizable expansion of Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans offering supplemental benefit programs for non-medical home care.
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According to data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), there will be a significant increase in the number of Medicare Advantage plans that cover some home health care benefits, which fall into two categories.
These types of non-medical home care services are not covered by Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B) and were not covered by any type of Medicare plan until being approved for the Medicare Advantage market in 2018 and 2019.
The CMS data shows that 730 Medicare Advantage plans will offer the primarily health-related supplemental benefits in 2021, a 46 percent increase from the 500 plans to do so in 2020.
Meanwhile, the number of plans to offer SSBCI benefits will increase from just 245 plans in 2020 to 920 plans in 2021. Those plans will reach close to 4.3 million Medicare Advantage beneficiaries.
Other notable aspects of the report include:
The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP, also called the fall Medicare Open Enrollment period) runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 and offers an opportunity for beneficiaries to enroll in a plan that may offer some of the benefits outlined above.
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Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent and a Senior Staff Writer for MedicareAdvantage.com. He is passionate about helping people navigate the complexities of Medicare and understand their coverage options.
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Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.
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