“AHIP: Permanently Renew Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans,” by Thomas Beaton, HealthPayerIntelligence
“Congress should consider a permanent renewal of the Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs) because of the consumer protections they provide and their market implications, AHIP wrote in a letter to the House of Representatives. A permanent reauthorization of the SNPs would avoid policy disruption and promote greater value to beneficiaries and taxpayers, the payer organization argued. Renewing the programs on a short-term basis would not allow the federal government and CMS to provide sufficient cost-adjustments for dual-eligible SNP (D-SNP) plans. Eighty percent of SNP enrollees, or 2 million beneficiaries, are enrolled in D-SNPs, which means these beneficiaries are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. AHIP suggested that permanent reauthorization could reduce costs for dual-eligible beneficiaries.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Dual eligibles are the Achilles’ heel of public LTC financing. They’ll overwhelm Medicare and Medicaid as the age wave crests and crashes.
AHIP: Permanently Renew Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans