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Special Needs Plans (SNPs)

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    Key Takeaways
    • An aging, sicker population is leading to continued growth in the number of and enrollment in Medicare Advantage products, particularly those targeting high-need populations.
    • Unlike traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage special needs plans (SNPs) are designed to better coordinate a seniors’ care by operating through a private health insurance company and tailoring their products to meet the needs of their specialized population.
    • Most SNP enrollees are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and receive care through dual eligible special needs plans (D-SNPs) that help better coordinate the services and benefits they receive.

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