Congress slips in gifts to Medicare Advantage industry
Congress is floating a new package to fund the government, and it includes several health care items. Photo: Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call via Getty Images
What insurers get: Industry's main gift would be the extension of a provision, from 2018 to 2027, that prohibits the federal government from kicking out Medicare Advantage plans that have the worst quality ratings. This "delay in authority" originally appeared in the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill also would expand telehealth benefits and extend plans for people with special needs.