Coalition Members and Congress Gather for a Night of Celebration
JUNE 01, 2018
Grateful for her Medicare Advantage coverage, Carol Berman – one of two million members of the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) – recently attended a Coalition-sponsored reception to thank members of Congress for their continued support of the program. The 83-year-old Floridian flew into Washington, D.C. to join the event held on Capitol Hill.
“Every year, I thank Medicare Advantage for bringing me one more year, and this year I celebrate my 83rd birthday,” Carol said during a Facebook Live broadcast from the event.
Berman and other advocates presented members of Congress with framed Medicare Advantage Champion certificates to honor their dedication and hard work to preserve Medicare Advantage.
Earlier this year, 363 members of Congress protected the Medicare Advantage program from potentially harmful changes. In total, 298 members of the House and 65 Senators signed letters that expressed the value and importance of Medicare Advantage to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These efforts played an instrumental role in safeguarding health care coverage for more than 20 million Americans that –like Carol– are covered by Medicare Advantage.
Rep. Tony Cardenas of California also made a Facebook Live appearance. Embracing his constituent, Violeta, Rep. Cardenas shared how Medicare Advantage plays an invaluable role in the lives of older Americans. In total, a group of 13 bipartisan members of Congress joined the reception, and Coalition members met and spoke with representatives from nearly 30 official offices.
The Medicare Advantage program provides high-quality, affordable health care services not offered by traditional Medicare, like dental and vision care. This year, it has the potential to expand coverage even further. Recent changes to the definition of “primarily health-related” benefits could open Medicare Advantage to provide support for non-medical items, like air conditioning units or access to groceries, which improve the health and well-being of beneficiaries.