Medicare Advantage Plan Growth in Rural America: Availability of Supplemental Benefits Available from RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis. May 2024.

The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis has released a new brief on Medicare Advantage Plan Growth in Rural America: Availability of Supplemental Benefits

Key Findings Include

  • MA plans providing any supplemental benefit were less commonly offered in noncore
    counties (87.2 percent of plans), followed by micropolitan counties (94.6 percent) and
    metropolitan counties (97.6 percent) in 2022. Expanded benefits and SSBCI are less
    likely to be offered than traditional health benefits across all geographies.
  • Between 10 to 20 percent of plans offered expanded supplemental benefits or SSBCI
    across all three geographies.
  • Plans with traditional primarily health-related supplemental benefits most frequently
    included vision (97.6 percent), hearing (95.2 percent), fitness (94.6 percent), and dental
    services (93.6 percent). Significantly fewer plans offered expanded supplemental benefits
    and SSBCI that address beneficiaries’ broader health and social needs. Declining
    availability of all supplemental benefit types was seen as geography shifted from
    metropolitan to noncore counties.

READ THE BRIEF HERE