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California’s ‘Master Plan for Aging’ offers strategies for attracting home caregivers

California’s Department of Aging recently released a 10-year “Master Plan for Aging.” The blueprint aims to guide state and local governments, the private sector and charitable organizations toward improved housing, healthcare and caregiving for the state’s older residents. Among the recommendations are making home care more services affordable and providing incentives to attract home caregivers.

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Number of MA beneficiaries receiving supplemental benefits for the chronically ill triples in one year, report finds

The number of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries receiving Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) has skyrocketed — from 1 million in 2020 to 3 million in 2021— according to a new report by healthcare consulting firm Avalere. This, says Avalere, indicates that plans are gaining more insight into the impact that such benefits can have on beneficiary outcomes and costs.

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Humana, reporting 2020 4Q loss, remains bullish on home care

During an earnings call on Wednesday, Humana executives called attention to the ongoing financial impact of the pandemic, which contributed to a loss for the fourth quarter of $458 million, or $2.07 diluted earnings per share. But CEO Bruce Broussard also cited the company’s 11% growth in Medicare Advantage membership, and gave props to the company’s healthcare services segment: home care, pharmaceuticals and providers.

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