As CMS Pushes More Duals Integration, D-SNP Market Keeps Growing

Leading up to the 2024 Annual Election Period (AEP) that started on Oct. 15 and concluded on Dec. 7, major Medicare Advantage insurers unveiling geographic expansions signaled their continued pursuit of dually eligible Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries. A new analysis of the 2024 Special Needs Plan landscape confirms that more SNPs designed specifically for dual eligibles will be available next year, while interest in Institutional SNPs (I-SNPs) appears to be waning after experiencing a short burst of growth. The Chronic Condition SNP (C-SNP) market, meanwhile, will remain relatively stable.

There will be 1,368 SNPs on the market in 2024, up from 1,320 in 2023 — a modest increase compared with the 10% jump between 2022 and 2023, according to the analysis from Clear View Solutions, LLC. Within the total, however, Clear View observed a notable increase in the number of D-SNPs. In 2024, there will be 874 D-SNPs available — including 698 plans that were available in 2023 and 176 new plans — compared with 809 in 2023 and 401 in 2018, before the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of that same year granted permanent authorization to all SNP types. There are also more D-SNPs being added than dropped next year, which could be due to some plan consolidation, observes Clear View.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues since the early 2000s and specializes in in-depth reporting on Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Medicare Part D. She also possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of pharmacy benefit management, having written AIS Health’s Radar on Drug Benefits from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016. In addition to her role as managing editor of Radar on Medicare Advantage, she oversees AIS Health’s publications and manages the health editorial staff. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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