Health Payer Intelligence October 21, 2020
Medicare Advantage plans are increasingly offering telehealth as a basic Medicare benefit, instead of a supplemental benefit, the study indicated.
Not only have Medicare Advantage plans continued to increase their health-related supplemental benefits for 2021 open enrollment, but this year one in three plans will also offer supplemental benefits relevant to the pandemic, a recent Avalere study found.
“MA plans are quickly adapting to the new reality by recognizing the needs of Medicare beneficiaries during the pandemic,” explained Joanna Young, principal at Avalere. “They are offering specific supplemental benefits and enhancing the availability of telehealth options for commonly used services, such as doctors’ visits.”
The study analyzed Medicare Advantage benefits data that CMS released from 2018 to 2021.