Since its initial guidance in April 2018 on newly established benefit design flexibility, CMS has continued to broaden the options available to MA plan sponsors in designing benefit packages. Wakely reached out to MAOs seeking to understand how they balance the strategic considerations and challenges that come with expanded opportunities for benefit flexibility. In this white paper, we summarize MAO feedback, and include a discussion on CMS’s major guidance related to benefit flexibility for MA bid years 2019 and 2020.
Flexing Their Muscles? Plan Sponsors Weigh in on Medicare Advantage Benefit Flexibility