CSG Actuarial has compiled a sampling of company press releases and news articles announcing 2021 plan year Medicare Advantage expansion and benefit updates.  Click on the hyper-link to review the full article.

UnitedHealthcare is planning a big expansion to its Medicare Advantage plans for 2021. Currently, more than 6.5 million people are enrolled in its plans. Next year, the insurer will expand its service area to include another 3.2 million people across 300 counties.

Humana today announced details of its 2021 Medicare product offerings, including Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plans that are built with the benefits and options people eligible for Medicare need most. Beneficiaries will also have new choices through the launch of 69 new MAPD plans across hundreds of additional counties.

The Aetna unit of CVS Health said it will expand its Medicare Advantage health plan offerings to more than 100 new counties next year in a move to compete with rivals for a fast-growing health benefits business for seniors.  Aetna, which has nearly 2.7 million subscribers in its Medicare Advantage plans, will offer individual Medicare Advantage plans in 115 new counties in 2021, bringing the total number of counties in its Medicare Advantage portfolio that includes special needs plans to 1,793. That’s up from 1,680 in 2020.

In 2021, Cigna will offer plans in 369 counties spanning 23 states, representing a 22 percent increase in our county footprint.  Cigna is expanding to 67 new counties for 2021, including a broad portfolio of HMO and/or PPO plans. In addition to the new county expansion, Cigna is expanding PPO offerings in 154 counties in our existing footprint. PPOs typically offer an out-of-network benefit, while HMO plans generally do not.

 Centene Corporation announced today it plans to expand its Medicare Advantage offerings for 2021. The company’s Medicare plans – branded WellCare, Allwell, Fidelis, and Health Net – will operate in 1,249 counties across 33 states in 2021 – a 30% increase since 2020.

 Alignment Healthcare, a fast-growing health plan for seniors enrolling in privatized Medicare, is expanding into new markets for 2021 thanks to operational successes in the fast-growing market.  In all, the insurer will increase its sales target territory to 22 counties in three states in what the company says will enable the insurer to reach a market of more than 5.9 million people eligible for Medicare compared to a market of 5.2 million seniors in 17 counties in two states this year.

Highmark Announces Improved Medicare Products to Help Consumers Get Ready for 2021.  Highmark is helping Medicare-eligible consumers get ready for 2021 with a slate of improved products and benefits, plus a new product — Complete Blue PPO — that offers in-network access to all local hospitals, including AHN, UPMC, and other community providers.

SCAN Health Plan® today announced its 2021 health plan benefits available to those eligible for Medicare in the Northern California communities of San Francisco, Santa Clara, Napa, Sonoma and Stanislaus counties.  SCAN Health Plan® today announced its 2021 health plan benefits for Medicare-eligible seniors in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and Ventura counties.

UPMC Health Plan is pleased to offer UPMC for Life, the largest individual Medicare Advantage plan in Western Pennsylvania. In 2021, UPMC for Life will include enhanced benefits that aim to expand our members’ ability to receive the highest quality health care services in the most affordable way.

Oscar, the first tech-driven health insurance company, Holy Cross Health, a top-rated health, teaching and research institution, and Memorial Healthcare System, leading provider in high-quality healthcare services, today announced that together they will launch a co-branded Medicare Advantage plan. Broward County residents can enroll in the new plan starting on October 15, pending regulatory approvals.

Bright Health Plan Announces 2021 Market and Product Expansion.  Today, Bright Health Plan announced details of its 2021 expansion, which will include Medicare Advantage, individual and family plans in six new markets in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. For the first time, they will also be offering employer-sponsored plans in certain markets, subject to final regulatory approval.

Today Zing Health, a physician-led Medicare Advantage HMO plan launched last year, announced it will expand its services to 12 new counties, tripling its geographic coverage. Zing’s expansion remains true to its mission to provide diverse seniors in the Midwest affordable, personalized health care built around community and member outcomes.

Today, Clover Health, an innovative technology company improving health outcomes for America’s seniors, announces plans to triple its geographic footprint. The expansion, pending CMS approval, increases Clover’s coverage to 108 counties in eight states.  Clover currently offers Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in 34 counties across seven states where it cares for 57,000 members. The planned expansion will bring coverage to a total of 74 additional counties with 69 of the additional counties being in Clover’s existing markets of Arizona, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, as well as 5 counties in Mississippi—a new market for the company.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) announced that it will again offer $0 premiums for Medicare beneficiaries in its Blue Medicare Advantage service area along with drug coverage and enhanced benefits for its 2021 Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.