Medicare Advantage Plans and Supplemental Benefits: Bridging the Data Gap for Equitable Access

Throughout the year, Medicare eligible individuals are bombarded with TV, print, and internet advertisements about extra benefits they can receive by joining plans. Yet, while supplemental benefits aim to enhance the health outcomes of enrollees, there is a concerning lack of knowledge about how many Medicare enrollees are actually receiving these benefits, to what extent, and whether they are equitably accessible. This knowledge gap is especially worrisome as these supplemental benefits are more widely offered in Medicare Advantage plans serving individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, and who are disproportionately people of color and people with disabilities and may already have access to similar services through Medicaid.

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