The Big Picture: More 2022 SNP options
First, based on our analysis, the bad news is that about 15% of the 2021 Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs) will be discontinued in 2022 — this is consistent with the change from 2020 to 2021.
However, the good news is a large number of new 2022 Medicare Advantage SNPs will be introduced - and with these newly released SNPs, we will actually see a 19% increase in the total nationwide 2022 SNP landscape, and a 34% increase in chronic illness SNPs (c-SNPs). The vast majority of SNPs remains Dual-Eligible (D-SNPs) (61%).
Across the country, we will see an increase in the total number of 2022 Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs); and SNP gains in some counties will more than offset SNP losses in other areas (or even the same counties).
You can see 2021/2022 SNP gains and losses with our Medicare Advantage plan comparison tool MA-Compare found at https://MA-Compare.com.
Reminder: A Medicare Advantage SNP is not designed for everyone.
Often you will find a Medicare Advantage SNP in your area that is very well-priced with feature-rich benefits and an extensive drug formulary - making the plan a very appealing coverage option. But, please remember that you cannot join (or remain in) a Medicare Advantage SNP unless you qualify for the plan’s “Special Need” - that is, SNPs are designed for people with specific conditions, diseases, or characteristics -- and you must meet (and continue to meet) the plan's "Special Need" to be eligible for enrollment.
|2022 Special Needs Medicare Advantage Plans
by Type of Special Need
|SNP Type||2022 Plans||2021 Plans||Net Change*||% Net Change||Dropped Plans*||% of '20 SNPs Dropped||2020 Plans||2019 Plans|
|Counties with the Largest Number of
2022 Special Needs Plans
|Kings County, NY||52|
|Queens County, NY||52|
|New York County, NY||51|
|Broward County, FL||50|
|Hillsborough County, FL||50|
|Bronx County, NY||49|
|Miami-Dade County, FL||49|
|Pinellas County, FL||49|
|Pasco County, FL||48|
|Orange County, FL||46|
|Palm Beach County, FL||46|
|Westchester County, NY||45|
|2022 Special Needs – Chronic Illness Plans
Compared to the 2021 Plan Year
|Chronic Illness||Number of SNPs|
|2022 Plans||2021 Plans||Net Change||2020 Plans||2019 Plans|
|Cardiovascular Disorders and Chronic Heart Failure||20||14||6||10||6|
|Cardiovascular Disorders and Diabetes||4||6||-2||2||4|
|Cardiovascular Disorders, Chronic Heart Failure and Diabetes||141||93||48||67||45|
|Chronic and Disabling Mental Health Conditions||5||3||2||2||6|
|Cardiovascular Disorders or Chronic Heart Failure or Diabetes Mellitus||3||3||0||2||2|
|Chronic Heart Failure||3||3||0||1||1|
|Chronic Heart Failure and Diabetes||4||3||1||6||5|
|Chronic Lung Disorders||29||23||6||16||12|
|End-stage Renal Disease Requiring Dialysis (any mode of dialysis)||17||9||8||10||8|
|End-stage Renal Disease Requiring Dialysis or HIV/AIDS||3||0||3||0||2|
|Total Chronic Illness SNPs||275||203||72||165||127|
|2022 Special Needs Plan Reach
by Type of Need
|SNP Type||2022||2021||Change '21 to '22||Percent Change '21 to '22||2020||2019||2013|