FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2024
Proposed policies would continue to ensure the strength and stability of Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year (CY) 2025 Advance Notice for the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Programs that would update payment policies for these programs. The Advance Notice complements a proposed rule, also for CY 2025, that CMS released in November 2023 that would, if finalized, strengthen protections for the millions of people who rely on MA and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. MA payments from the government to MA plans are expected to increase on average by 3.70 percent, or over $16 billion, from 2024 to 2025, as proposed.
CMS is also detailing improvements to the structure of the Medicare Part D drug benefit for CY 2025 that will result in lower drug costs for millions of people with Medicare through the concurrent release of the Draft CY 2025 Part D Redesign Program Instructions. Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, in 2025, annual out-of-pocket costs will be capped at $2,000 for people with Medicare Part D.
“Prescription drugs should be affordable. Today, we are continuing to take steps to lower prescription drug costs so that no one must choose between feeding their family and taking their medicine,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to making sure the millions of people who have managed care plans called Medicare Advantage get the best care possible, and that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently.”
“CMS continues to ensure that Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans remain strong, stable, and affordable offerings,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “The Advance Notice upholds robust and stable options for people with Medicare while strengthening payment accuracy so that taxpayer dollars are appropriately spent. The Advance Notice also continues our effective implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act on schedule, including capping out-of-pocket costs at $2,000 for people with Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in 2025. This out-of-pocket cap will be truly life-changing for millions of people.”
The Advance Notice proposes annual updates to MA payment growth rates and changes to the MA and Part D payment methodologies to improve payment accuracy. Last year, CMS finalized CY 2024 technical and clinical updates to the MA risk adjustment model to keep it up-to-date and improve payment accuracy, as well as updates to the calculation of growth rates to better account for medical education costs. For 2024, MA offerings for people with Medicare remained stable—including premiums, supplemental benefits, and choice. The CY 2025 Advance Notice includes the continued phase-in of the updated MA risk adjustment model and updates to the calculation of growth rates related to medical education costs, and other technical improvements.
“Today’s release on the Medicare Advantage payment system proposes the continued phase-in of commonsense technical updates that ensure payments accurately reflect individuals’ costs. These updates not only ensure payment is higher for enrollees with the most complex needs, they also make Medicare Advantage less susceptible to gaming and protect the long-term stability of the Medicare program,” said CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare Meena Seshamani, MD, Ph.D. “We are also releasing guidance on implementation of vital parts of the President’s drug law, including the $2,000 out-of-pocket cap for 2025, which will provide needed relief for millions of Americans who rely on prescription drugs to stay healthy.”
The Advance Notice and the Draft CY 2025 Part D Redesign Program Instructions are open for public comment, and CMS will accept comments through 6:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, March 1, 2024. The CY 2025 Rate Announcement and the CY 2025 Part D Redesign Program Instructions will be published no later than April 1, 2024.
The CY 2025 Advance Notice may be viewed by going to: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/
A fact sheet discussing the provisions of the CY 2025 Advance Notice, as well as frequently asked questions, can be viewed here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/
The Draft CY 2025 Part D Redesign Program Instructions can be found at https://www.cms.gov/files/
A fact sheet discussing the provisions of the Draft CY 2025 Part D Redesign Program Instructions can be viewed here: https://www.cms.gov/files/
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