Issue Brief

Increase Flexibility in Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage to Enhance Beneficiary Care

Greater flexibility in allowable supplemental benefits will enable Medicare Advantage to better address the needs of beneficiaries with chronic conditions and social determinants of health that impact health outcomes.

Key Facts

  • FFS Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions account for 93% of Medicare spending.
  • Greater flexibility in allowable supplemental benefits Medicare Advantage plans offer has the potential to improve care and achieve better outcomes for chronically ill beneficiaries.
  • Expanding the definition of allowable supplemental benefits enables plans to address social determinants of health to improve well-being, health outcomes, and reduce costs.
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