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MA Plans Will Get a Bump Up in 2019…Benefits Could Too.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced Monday that Medicare Advantage plans will receive a 3.4 percent increase in 2019.  The original estimate by CMS was a 2019 upward adjustment of 1.84 percent.  This years increase from 2017 was 2.95 percent.  MA enrollment is anticipated to expand to 20.4 million this year, up 9 percent over 2017 numbers.

CMS has also expanded its definition of “primarily health-related” benefits beyond medical coverage which will allow insurers to add other health related benefits to their Medicare Advantage offerings.  The expanded benefits would take effect next year and according to CMS would allow insurers to: “provide care and devices that prevent or treat illness or injuries, compensate for physical impairments, address the psychological effects of illness or injuries, or reduce emergency medical care”.

Read more at CMS.gov.

Read more at Healthcare Dive.

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Read more at Kaiser Health News.

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