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Legislation included in the BBA earlier this year may present Congress with a model to expand certain long-term care and supports.

Passed with bipartisan support as part of the budget bill approved earlier this year, the “Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2018,” provides Medicare Advantage plans the flexibility to cover equipment and supplies for beneficiaries who are chronically ill beginning in 2020. The CHRONIC Care Act also increases telehealth services for Medicare Advantage members and people having stroke symptoms.

As policymakers further examine the need for long-term care and supports, with a focus on home and community-based care, Congress will be carefully monitoring to see if these expanded services help lower or increase the cost of the Medicare program.


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