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Nutrition Makes Headway as MA Supplemental Benefit for 2022

November 4, 2021

The delivery of prepared meals, often triggered by a hospitalization, has played a steadily increasing role in Medicare Advantage plans’ efforts to manage members’ chronic conditions, but now the more nuanced area of nutrition is starting to gain traction as a supplemental benefit offering. Nutrition services vendors say offering healthy food options and education to at-risk members can result in major medical cost savings for plans.

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Three Major Medicaid Insurers Report 3Q Gains Despite COVID Surge

November 4, 2021

A diversified portfolio was the name of the game late last month as publicly traded insurers discussed third-quarter 2021 earnings and braced for the return of Medicaid eligibility redeterminations, which could happen anytime after the latest public health emergency extension runs out in mid-January 2022. Despite a surge in COVID-19 costs in the quarter, Anthem, Inc., Centene Corp. and Molina Healthcare, Inc. all delivered better-than-anticipated earnings, which they attributed in part to Medicaid enrollment growth as states continue to put off eligibility reverifications.

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Iowa Medicaid Director Refutes Managed Care Audit Results

November 4, 2021

As the Iowa Dept. of Human Services considers making changes to its managed Medicaid program, IA Health Link, State Auditor Rob Sand last month released a damning report that says the state’s 2016 transition to managed Medicaid led to an 891% increase in “illegally denied services or care.” The report also details how two managed care organizations violated provisions of their contracts with the Dept. of Human Services, although DHS says the report is flawed. Since 2019, only two insurers have been serving the program, but DHS is considering adding up to two more.

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Industry Groups Get in Front of Potential Medicare Advantage Cuts

November 4, 2021

As progressives seek to keep some expansion of Medicare benefits in the president’s shrinking budget reconciliation package, industry-allied organizations have been building public-facing campaigns to protect Medicare Advantage from any “cuts.” Provisions to add dental and vision benefits to Medicare were removed from the latest text of the Build Back Better Act — likely giving MA plans less to worry about — while progressive lawmakers at press time were intent on getting drug pricing provisions into a final measure.

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Select Insurers Enhance Grocery Allowances, Nutrition Benefits for Duals Next Year

November 4, 2021

As Medicare Advantage insurers promote an array of enhanced supplemental benefits for the 2022 plan year, grocery store allowances appear to be a staple among Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans. Here’s a sampling of what major D-SNP sponsors are marketing to eligible enrollees.

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