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Jan 6 -- CY 2023 Medicare Advantage and Part D Proposed Rule -- Fact Sheet https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/cy-2023-medicare-advantage-and-part-d-proposed-rule-cms-4192-p
 
CMS is issuing a proposed rule to lower out of pocket Medicare Part D prescription drug costs and improve consumer protections, reduce disparities, and improve health equity in Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D.

An increasing number of Medicare beneficiaries receive services through MA and Part D. Over 27 million beneficiaries are enrolled in MA plans (including plans that offer Part D prescription drug coverage), and approximately 24 million beneficiaries are enrolled in standalone Part D plans. Additionally, some MA enrollees are concurrently enrolled in Medicaid, with an increasing number of these dually eligible beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare managed care, Medicaid managed care, or both. About 3.7 million dually eligible beneficiaries currently receive their Medicare services through dual eligible special needs plans (D-SNPs).                  

This proposed rule would revise the MA and Part D regulations related to marketing and communications, the criteria used to review applications for new or expanded MA and Part D plans, quality ratings for MA and Part D plans, provider network adequacy requirements, medical loss ratio reporting, special requirements during disasters or public emergencies, and the use of pharmacy price concessions to reduce beneficiary out of pocket costs for prescription drugs under Part D. This proposed rule would also revise regulations for D-SNPs, and in some cases other special needs plans, related to enrollee advisory committees, health risk assessments, and ways to improve integration of Medicare and Medicaid. Many proposals are based on lessons learned from the Medicare-Medicaid Financial Alignment Initiative.

CMS expects that the relatively modest costs associated with the provisions in the proposed rule will not significantly change MA plans’ bids, supplemental benefits or beneficiary premiums.

Proposed rule: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/01/12/2022-00117/medicare-program-contract-year-2023-policy-and-technical-changes-to-the-medicare-advantage-and

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