The AHA today encouraged Congress to continue access to Medicare Advantage special needs plans for vulnerable populations and give all MA plans more flexibility to tailor their products based on enrollees’ needs. “In some cases, a small subset of enrollees would benefit from a certain specialized service, but plans are unable to offer it due to the resources required to make such a service available to everyone,” AHA said in a statement submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee for a hearing on promoting integrated and coordinated MA care. To advance those goals, AHA also recommended the program expand access to telehealth services; allow plans to offer non-medical social services; better account for the social factors that influence access to care; and integrate hospice services into the benefit package.

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