Guide for Medicare Advantage Plans: How to Design a Home-Delivered Meals Benefit for 2022, Including Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced healthcare providers to completely overhaul their approach to population health.

The Medicare population – individuals age 65 and older – have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Not only are they most likely to become hospitalized or die from COVID-19, but they are also more susceptible to food insecurity, which is especially problematic when 80% of older adults have one or more chronic diseases[1], and thus unique nutritional needs.

If your organization is thinking about introducing or expanding a home-delivered meals benefit, there are many new updates from 2020 to be aware of, including:

  • New flexibility for benefits filed under SSBCI
  • New opportunities to add COVID-related benefits
  • Upcoming changes to Star Ratings

Mom’s Meals is a leading national provider of refrigerated, home-delivered meals and nutrition services. Our team works with hundreds of health plans nationwide, including Medicare Advantage and Medicaid plans, that have a home-delivered meals benefit or plan to launch one.

The 2022 benefit year is right around the corner. Let’s work together to design a home-delivered meals benefit for your members with chronic conditions.


[1] Announcement of Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment

Policies and Final Call Letter. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. April 1, 2019.

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Health-Plans/MedicareAdvtgSpecRateStats/Downloads/Announcement2020.pdf

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