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Medicare Advantage Online: What You Need to Know About Home Health Care (Continued)

A fortunate outcome of these changes is they’ve opened the door for Medicare Advantage Plans, also known as Part C, to offer more supplemental benefits.

Services to Look for in Medicare Advantage Online

If you’ve been researching Medicare Advantage online, it’s probably become clear that all plans include everything provided in Original Medicare, and many plans include extra benefits not covered in Parts A and B—such as vision, dental, hearing, fitness, even prescription drug coverage. In fact, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 97 percent of Medicare beneficiaries have access to some of these additional benefits in 2020.

What you may not be aware of is the availability of home health care benefits in 2020. Actuarial consulting firm Milliman, commissioned by the Better Medicare Alliance, reports 148 Medicare Advantage Plans in 2020 cover in-home support services.

Specifically, here’s the percentage of Medicare beneficiaries that have access to new home health care benefits, as reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation:

  • 96% have access to meal benefits
  • 92% have access to transportation to and from doctor’s appointments
  • 54% have access to in-home support
  • 49% have access to bathroom safety benefits
  • 29% have access to telemonitoring services
  • 12% have access to support for caregivers of enrollees

Some Medicare Advantage Plans may also cover respite care options, either in-home or at an adult day care facility. These supplemental benefits are designed to help people age at home safely, while also recognizing the critical role and challenges of caregivers.

Get Help with Home Health Care Services

Medicare Advantage Plan options vary based on your location. Whether you use our convenient enrollment portal to compare Medicare Advantage online, or call to get your personal, no-cost consultation, we’re here to help you find the Medicare plan that’s right for you. Our Medicare Advocates can be reached at 1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711 from Mon - Thurs 8am - 11pm EST and Friday 8am - 9pm EST.