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Research Letter
June 11, 2019

Early Adoption of New Supplemental Benefits by Medicare Advantage Plans

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 2Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 3Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 4US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, Rhode Island
JAMA. 2019;321(22):2238-2240. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.4709

Medicare Advantage enrolled 22 million individuals for 2019 coverage, representing 34% of Medicare beneficiaries.1 Social support services, including transportation and caregiver supports, are known to improve health outcomes and reduce costs.2 The capitated structure of Medicare Advantage could potentially be used to provide these social services through supplemental benefits.3 However, regulations have historically restricted offering nonmedical services.

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