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2020 Trends Report Spotlight: Medicare Advantage Transportation Programs

Medicare Advantage Plans, often referred to as “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by Medicare-approved private companies that must follow established Medicare policy and procedures. These plans offer medical benefits, as well as coverage for things the basic Medicare plan does not cover, such as vision, hearing, dental, and fitness programs and Part D prescription drug coverage.

Transportation is another eligible benefit to many Medicare Advantage programs, offering reliable transportation options for members going to medical or related treatments, pharmacies, and other services to promote health and wellness. In 2020, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allowed MA Plans the flexibility to offer transportation for members seeking preventative and wellness services, including trips to the grocery store, massage therapy, chiropractic care and other approved destinations.


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