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What are the Added Benefits in the New Medicare Advantage Plans?

February 6, 2022
David Parker, Esq.
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David Parker is an attorney who specializes in Estate Planning and Elder Law and has been practicing law for 30 years. Be it Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, or Medicaid Planning, David provides comprehensive and caring counsel for seniors and their families. A large portion of David’s practice is asset protection strategies so that families do not lose their hard earned savings to nursing home care costs. He also handles probate administration for the settlement of estates.
Medicare Advantage health insurance plans for 2022 offer seniors more options than ever.

Money Talks News’ recent article entitled “14 Added Benefits in the New Medicare Advantage Plans” says that the following “extra” benefits are offered by individual Medicare Advantage plans for 2022:

  • Eye exams and/or eyeglasses: Provided by 98% of plans
  • Fitness benefit: 97%
  • Telehealth: 95%
  • Hearing exams and/or hearing aids: 95%
  • Dental benefit: 94%
  • Prescription drug coverage: 89%
  • Over-the-counter benefits (for items, such as adhesive or elastic bandages): 81%
  • Meal benefit (such as a cooking class, nutrition education or meal delivery): 67%
  • Transportation benefits: 38%
  • Acupuncture: 36%
  • In-home support services: 10%
  • Bathroom safety devices: 8%
  • Telemonitoring services: 3%
  • Support for caregivers of Medicare enrollees: 3%

Remember that Original Medicare is the traditional Medicare program offered directly by the federal government.

Medicare Advantage plans are an all-in-one alternative offered by private insurance companies.

Switching to Medicare Advantage is also risky for seniors with Original Medicare, who also pay for a supplemental Medicare policy, also known as a Medigap policy.

If these seniors later decide to switch back to Original Medicare, they won’t necessarily be able to get the same Medigap policy back — or get a new Medigap policy at all.

Reference: Money Talks News (Nov. 4, 2021) “14 Added Benefits in the New Medicare Advantage Plans”


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