weekly blog--one for the ages
About a third of the people on Medicare select Medicare Advantage plans which are broadening their coverage to keep people healthy instead of waiting to cover their claims once they become sick. The idea behind this thinking is that someone who improves their diet or keeps a chronic condition like asthma under control is less likely to generate a big medical bill.
What’s different this year? The federal government is giving Medicare Advantage plans more leeway to pay for things they would ordinarily never cover. The new supplemental benefits aim to help people with chronic diseases or certain health issues stay healthy when they aren’t seeing a doctor or receiving care.
On the list...carpet shampooing to help their customers with asthma avoid a flare-up that lands them in an emergency room, food for a service dog, pest control and rides to a nutritionist. Also in the works--telemedicine benefits to help patients connect remotely with doctors and other care providers.