Medicare Advantage

There are lots of changes taking place in Medicare’s private plans. As the Medicare program modernizes, those in traditional Medicare should not be left behind
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Evidence is emerging that Annual Wellness Visits, the preventive health benefit for Medicare enrollees created by the Affordable Care Act, are achieving their intended purpose—linking people with preventive services. But not all demographic groups are gaining the benefits equally
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Recent research shows that Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit appears to be achieving one of its key goals: providing a gateway for beneficial preventive and screening services
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Recent changes to Medicare Advantage's supplemental benefits could have significant implications for consumers
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Many eligible Medicare enrollees do not take advantage of their annual wellness visit benefit, or even understand what it is.
One quarter of Medicare Advantage enrollees used the annual wellness visit benefit in 2015—42% higher than the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimate for annual wellness visits in the traditional Medicare population
Health care is full of confusing jargon, such as VBID, which stands for value based insurance design. Here’s a quick primer on VBID and why it matters for people with people with Medicare private plans (known as Medicare Advantage).
Wider use of telehealth under Medicare Advantage could result in more timely and efficient care as well as easier access to certain health care providers.
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Consumers can expect to see few new benefits to Medicare Advantage plans in 2019
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Dementia is an increasingly prevalent condition that millions of families must deal with every day. It can be taxing—emotionally, physically, and financially—for all involved, and people are understandably looking for help wherever they can find it. However, there could be a big disconnect between how health care providers prescribe drugs used to treat the condition and what is supported by clinical evidence, a new AARP Public Policy Institute report finds.
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