10 updates on Medicare Advantage

Here are 10 articles recently published by Becker's Hospital Review on national and state news concerning Medicare Advantage:

1. Trump signs executive order 'protecting' Medicare
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Oct. 3 aimed at improving private Medicare plans for seniors.

2. 20 insurers expanding Medicare Advantage products
Several health insurers recently announced plans to expand their Medicare Advantage businesses ahead of the 2020 open enrollment period, which begins Oct. 15.

3. Medicare enrollment website lacking price comparison tool
A price comparison tool is absent from a Medicare website for older adults enrolling in coverage for 2020. Medicare's plan finder website currently allows users to preview 2020 drug and Medicare Advantage plans and enroll in 2020 plans beginning Oct. 15.

4. Startup health insurer offers Apple Watch discount as a fitness benefit
Devoted Health, a startup health insurer for Medicare Advantage plans, will provide the Apple Watch at a discount as a fitness benefit to its members in Florida.

5. WVU Medicine unveils Medicare Advantage product through planned merger
West Virginia University Health System, a nine-hospital system in Morgantown, will launch a Medicare Advantage product with a health plan it's in the process of acquiring.

6. MVP Health Care offers free telehealth visits to Medicare members
MVP Health Care, a nonprofit health insurer in New York and Vermont, announced Oct. 1 that its Medicare Advantage members will be eligible for free telehealth visits at the start of the new year.

7. UnitedHealth buys Virginia Medicare Advantage plan
A UnitedHealth Group subsidiary bought a Medicare Advantage plan in Virginia for an undisclosed amount.

8. Medicare savings account would get boost under Trump executive order
A recent Medicare executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Oct. 3 aims to expand beneficiaries' access to medical savings accounts. As Medicare Advantage grows in popularity, only about 6,000 members use medical savings accounts in combination with a high-deductible Medicare Advantage plan.

9. Journalists sue CMS to access Medicare Advantage audits
Journalists sued CMS Sept. 26 to get copies of dozens of Medicare Advantage audits. The complaint, filed in federal court, demands that CMS provide access to audits of Medicare Advantage health plans for 2011, 2012 and 2013, including audit spreadsheets.

10. Medicare Advantage premiums to fall 23% next year, CMS says
Premiums for Medicare Advantage plans are slated to drop 23 percent from 2018, CMS said Sept. 24, to their lowest since 2007.

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