Medicare Advantage plans are offering new benefits — but only 7% of members will get them
Next year, seniors who have Medicare Advantage plans might be able to access all manner of benefits. These include (but aren’t limited to) meals on wheels, air conditioning for those who have asthma, transport to medical appointments, etc. However, these perks aren’t widely available, and they’re not easy to access.
The stats speak for themselves
Experts believe that only seven percent of Medicare Advantage members will be able to access these perks. The complexity of the plans makes it really hard for seniors to work out what they’re entitled to, and what you need to do to qualify for them.
Medicare counselors across the States are complaining that critical details about how to access these benefits aren’t published on the government’s website. Many people feel this needs to change—plan members should know what they can access. After all, that’s the only way they’ll be able to make full advantage of the coverage they’re paying for.
How do you access these perks?
It’s not enough just to sign up for the correct plan; you also need to ensure you’re eligible to receive these benefits. Firstly, Advantage members need to get a reference from one of their health care providers. However, the health professional has to be associated with the plan’s network.
Then (depending on the perk you’re trying to access) you may also need to suffer from one of the listed chronic health issues, or have been hospitalized within a specific time frame.
The new benefits for Medicare Advantage
Here are a few perks you might be eligible for (as an Advantage Medicare member):
- Transport to the pharmacy, fitness center, and/or doctor’s appointments.
- An allowance for over-the-counter medication.
- House calls from doctors
- A carer to help you complete basic daily tasks (dressing, light chores, eating, etc.)
With so much up for grabs, its essential members know what they’re entitled to!