Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage: What’s Changing in 2019 and What’s Not

Medicare Advantage (MA)—Medicare’s private plan option that now covers a third of all Medicare beneficiaries—has long offered extra benefits in addition to those covered by traditional Medicare. Known as supplemental benefits, these services have commonly included dental, vision, and hearing coverage. Now MA plans have new flexibility to offer more supplemental benefits in the coming years—a consequence of new rules and a recent law. The result? People shopping for Medicare coverage could see offers for a wider range of supplemental …