According to report authors, no new funding was provided to cover these new benefits, limiting plans’ incentive to expand services. Because of the Medicare Advantage funding formula, available resources for providing these new benefits vary widely from state to state and, especially, county by county. In addition, these new benefits are not available to the two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries who are not enrolled in Medicare Advantage.
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