Fierce Healthcare October 21, 2020
Robert King

One in three Medicare Advantage plans will start offering new supplemental benefits related to the COVID-19 pandemic next year, a new analysis finds.

The analysis released Wednesday by the consulting firm Avalere Health also found that 94% of MA plans will offer telehealth benefits for Medicare Part B covered services. Telehealth use has exploded during the pandemic thanks to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services removing barriers to Medicare reimbursement.

Overall, 34% of MA plans will offer supplemental benefits tied to the pandemic. Avalere found that 27% of those plans will offer care and relief packages to beneficiaries.

But only 2% will offer covering testing and reduced cost-sharing to beneficiaries. Less than 1% will also provide personal protective equipment...

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