CMC Members Successfully Defend Medicare Advantage in 2019
APRIL 04, 2019
This year, the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) from potential harmful changes. We knew the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would be proposing changes to the program and wanted to make sure Washington knew how important it was to protect and even expand the Medicare Advantage benefits 22 million Americans rely on.
Coalition members from across the nation sent more than 43,000 emails to all 534 seated members of Congress. Emails urged members to take a stand for the better services, better care, and better value the program provides. And it worked: 368 members of Congress signed a letter to CMS pledging their support for Medicare Advantage.
Thanks to the CMC and our Congressional support, CMS’ 2020 Medicare Advantage final rate notice continued to show support for Medicare Advantage. The federal government included more flexibility for health insurance providers to offer new types of benefits, which will allow Medicare Advantage plans to:
- Offer more comprehensive services to seniors
- Drive down costs
- Improve health outcomes
- Ensure efficient and effective care coordination
While continued support for the program is a fantastic victory, we are still working hard to protect and improve Medicare Advantage from other harmful changes, like the return of the and the administration’s proposed prescription drug rebate rule. Coalition members have been busy attending round table discussions to further educate members of Congress on the value that Medicare Advantage brings to nearly 22 million Americans.