Issue Brief
November 18, 2021

Review of Contract Year 2022 Medicare Advantage supplemental healthcare benefit offerings

This brief, commissioned by Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) and prepared by the actuarial consulting firm Milliman, highlights the continued expansion of supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage for Contract Year 2022.

Milliman’s findings show that under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) reinterpretation of “primarily health-related” benefits, supplemental benefit offerings in Medicare Advantage like home-based palliative care, in-home support services, caregiver support, and therapeutic massage increased for the upcoming year.

Overall, the number of Medicare Advantage plans to offer at least one of the five recently expanded supplemental benefits jumped 43% (575 to 824) from 2021 to 2022, while the number of plans offering more than one benefit increased 15% (175 to 202).

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