The coronavirus continues to be a health and safety concern for millions of Americans nationwide. High-risk groups, such as those 65 years or older, have been advised that staying at home is the safest way to navigate the pandemic and to engage local and online resources for the delivery of necessities. Home-delivered meal services are covered by many Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and can support quarantine efforts for eligible seniors.
“Free home-delivered meals are one of the many Medicare Insurance plan benefits that can help lower the COVID-19 risk for seniors,” said Frank Healy, Founding Partner of LocalMedicarePro.com. “These programs are not always widely marketed, so many eligible recipients do not know about their available options or what is covered by their plan.”
Medicare Advantage is Medicare Part C and is available through private insurance companies. An alternative to Original Medicare, it bundles Part A, Part B and Part D. In 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) moved to include home-delivered meals and supportive services under MA for Plan Year 2020. It was a solution to address the holistic healthcare needs of the elderly population, including the chronically ill, and improve overall outcomes.
Home-delivered meal services bring nutritious foods right to a recipient’s front door. When covered by MA plans, these services provide a cost-effective and safe alternative to in-store grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic. Those with chronic conditions or returning home after a hospital stay may receive additional meal services, including coordination with doctors to create healthy selections that support individual care needs.
“It’s always important for eligible seniors to know all of the Medicare Insurance benefits provided, but especially so during a pandemic. Enrollees deserve to get the most out of their plan,” added Healy.
Select Medicare Advantage plans also include other supportive services, such as rides to medical appointments and private home aides.
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