If a recent slew of press releases is an early indication, insurers are intent on growing their Medicare Advantage business in 2022 through expansions into largely untapped areas and strategic partnerships with locally recognized providers. All service area expansions are subject to CMS approval. The 2022 Annual Election Period begins on Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.
Anthem, Inc. this fall will partner with Kroger Health to offer an MA plan in four regions: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Louisville, Ky., and southern Virginia. During the company’s July 21 second quarter earnings call, President and CEO Gail Boudreaux said MA “remains a key area of focus” for the organization. Further boosting its MA business, Anthem recently acquired Puerto Rico Medicaid and MA plan operator MMM, and the company won a contract to serve New York City retirees next year (see story, p. 1).