Recent federal policy changes have created new opportunities for Medicare Advantage plans to support social care in health care settings. Specifically, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) final call letter and federal Bipartisan Budget Act’s CHRONIC Care Act offer greater flexibility for Medicare Advantage plans to offer non-medical supports that may influence health outcomes. In this webinar, researchers from the University of California San Francisco and Brown University will present results from new research studies conducted with Medicare Advantage Plans that explore how plans have responded to the unprecedented federal policy flexibility around supplemental benefits. Speakers will present findings on new benefits as well as on facilitators and barriers to program implementation. The research presentations and interactive discussion about innovations in the Medicare Advantage program are designed to be of interest to practitioners, insurers, community-based organizations, policymakers, and researchers.

Laura Shields-Zeeman, Commonwealth Fund, UCSF, National Institute for Mental Health and Addiction in Netherlands
Kali S. Thomas, Brown University, Providence VA Medical Center's Center of Innovation for Long-term Services and Supports
Laura Skopec, Urban Institute Health Policy Center
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