COVID-19 Posed Challenges for 2021 Medicare Advantage Bids

There are always uncertainties when it comes to projecting plan costs for the year ahead, but Medicare Advantage and Part D organizations in the most recent bid cycle faced a particularly unpredictable set of circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think we will all look back on the 2021 bids as the year of COVID-19,” says Brad Piper, a principal and consulting actuary in Milliman’s Milwaukee office, who recently helped MA clients prepare bids that were due June 1. “That was a big challenge for the organizations that are in the Medicare Advantage program — [perhaps more so] than on the Part D side — and it impacted both sides of the coin: costs and revenue.”

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Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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