Dual Special Needs Plan: For People with Medicare & Medicaid
Published by: Medicare Made Clear
Some people are eligible to have both Medicare and Medicaid. These people are considered “dual eligible,” and they also qualify to enroll in a special kind of Medicare Advantage plan known as a Dual Special Needs Plan (D-SNP).
What Is A Dual Special Needs Plan?
A Dual Special Needs Plan is a special kind of Medicare Advantage coordinated-care plan. It is an all-in-one plan that combines your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, your Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, your Medicaid benefits and additional health benefits such as vision, dental or fitness.
Who Can Get A Dual Special Needs Plan?
You can get a Dual Special Needs Plan if you meet the following qualifications:
1. You are eligible Medicare and Medicaid and have both.
2. You have Medicare Part A and Part B.
3. You live in the plan’s area.
What Does A Dual Special Needs Plan Cover?
Just like any other Medicare Advantage plan, a Dual Special Needs Plan will include coverage for Medicare Part A and Part B. It will also include Part D prescription drug coverage and extra benefits not provided by either Medicare or Medicaid.
Examples of extra benefits a Dual Special Needs Plan may provide include:
Credits to buy health products
Care coordination via a personal care coordinator
Personal emergency response system (PERS)
Tele-health options such as virtual medical visits with your doctor
Worldwide emergency coverage
The extra benefits offered will vary by plan, provider and location.
Learn More About Dual Eligible Plans
Understand if you're eligible for a dual plan, and find the plan that may be a good fit for your needs.