The CMS’s recent announcement of increased flexibility for Medicare Advantage plans to offer supplemental benefits (benefits not covered under Parts A or B) are complicated. Beginning in 2020, M/A plans may offer chronically ill enrollees supplemental benefits not necessarily health-related but reasonably expected to improve or maintain health and function. CMS provided the following examples of supplemental benefits that would qualify as primarily health related:
- Compression garments as part of an over-the-counter benefit;
- Cooking classes as part of a nutritional/dietary benefit;
- Fall prevention kits as part of home and bathroom safety devices;
- Implantable hearing aids, such as middle ear implants.
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