Does Aetna Cover Home Health Care?
- Aetna Medicare Advantage plans can cover home health care such as physical therapy, skilled nursing care, home meal delivery, non-emergency transportation and more. Learn about other Aetna Medicare plan benefits and find out how you can compare plans online and enroll.
Many home health care services and items can be covered by an Aetna Medicare Advantage plan, allowing plan members to continue living safely and comfortably in their own home or in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
What Home Health Care Will Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans Pay For?
Medicare Advantage plans (also called Medicare Part C) are required by law to include all benefits that are found in Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B), which means any Medicare Advantage plan offered by Aetna will come with at least the following home health care coverage:
- Intermittent skilled nursing care
Skilled nursing care involves services that a nurse would deliver, like caring for wounds and administering injections. Medicare defines “intermittent” as no more than 8 hours per day or 28 hours per week. You can review more detailed information online about Aetna skilled nursing care and insurance coverage.
- Personal care
Personal care is “non-skilled” care, or assistance with things like mobility, dressing, bathing, eating and toileting. Personal care is only covered by Original Medicare when skilled nursing care is also needed. Some Aetna Medicare plans may cover more personal care services than Original Medicare covers.
- Physical therapy
Physical therapy aims to improve or maintain strength, mobility and range of motion following an injury, illness or surgery. Original Medicare can cover physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy in your home if certain conditions are met, such as your doctor deciding that the treatment is medically necessary.
- Occupational therapy
Occupational therapy is designed to help someone perform activities of daily living like bathing and dressing.
- Speech therapy
Speech therapy focuses on speech language skills and can also include swallowing and various cognitive skills.
- Social services
Covered social services can include counseling and other mental health and social support resources to address social or emotional conflicts interfering with one’s treatment or recovery.
- Durable medical equipment (DME)
Durable medical equipment includes mobility assistance items like walkers and crutches along with various medical equipment and supplies used primarily in the home.
For certain home health care services, Medicare requires a beneficiary to be certified as home-bound by a doctor and under the coordinated care of a doctor or home health services team. While Aetna Medicare Advantage plans will provide coverage for each of the home health care services listed above, a Medicare Advantage plan can have differing eligibility rules and other conditions.
Do Aetna Medicare Plans Pay for Other Caregiving and Home Health Services?
While Medicare Advantage plans are required to meet the above coverage of home health care, Aetna Medicare Advantage plans often go above and beyond to include additional home health care benefits.
In fact, Aetna has partnered with a caregiving agency called CareLinx to provide in-home caregiving services for its members. Aetna members may use their plan benefits for covered caregiver services such as meal preparation, cleaning, transportation and more.
Covered caregiving services may also be provided by a friend or family member, and Aetna offers a caregiving resource guide to help new caregivers find their way.
Below are some of the home health care services and other benefits that may be utilized within the home that you might find covered in an Aetna Medicare Advantage plan.
Aetna Medicare Advantage plans cover virtual doctor visits using a computer, tablet or smartphone conducted right from your own home.
You may use an Aetna plan to cover the cost of meals delivered to your home following an inpatient hospital stay.
Some Aetna Medicare Advantage plans include memberships to the SilverSneakers fitness program which often include home exercise and nutritional programs.
An Aetna Medicare plan can cover the cost of your transportation to a pharmacy or non-emergency doctor’s appointment using public transportation or a ride-sharing service.
Home delivery of over-the-counter health products
Pain relievers, cold remedies, vitamins and other over-the-counter health items can be purchased from a participating pharmacy or from the Aetna product catalog and delivered right to your door.
24-hour nurse hotline
With an Aetna Medicare Advantage plan, you can consult a nurse at any time of day or week through a telephone hotline.
Personal emergency response system
Aetna Medicare Advantage plans can help cover a LifeStation personal emergency response system that can call for help with just the push of a button.
Use your Aetna plan to spend up to 10 hours per month with an adult companion or for help with errands, technology or household needs.
Aetna Medicare Advantage plans use a healthy foods card that can be used for the purchase of select nutritional items.
Aetna plans can include an annual in-home assessment to inspect the home for any potential fall risks or other dangers along with an allowance for select safety items designed to lower the risk of falls in the home.
Enrolling in an Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan
Not all of the benefits outlined above may be available with all plans in every location. Compare Aetna Medicare Advantage plans online to find out exactly what benefits are available from plans offered where you live, and compare the costs of your different Aetna plan options.
You can also connect with a licensed insurance agent for help exploring Aetna Medicare Advantage plans in your area that may offer similar or additional home health care benefits.