Coalition Seniors Climb Capitol Hill to Protect Medicare Advantage Benefits
JANUARY 16, 2015
This week, five of the 1.8 million members of the Coalition for Medicare Choices headed to Washington for a Capitol Hill briefing, “The Medicare Advantage Experience: Perspectives from Providers and Beneficiaries.” The Medicare Advantage seniors each related their stories about the high-quality care, innovative services, and additional benefits they receive through their plans. In addition to Medicare Advantage seniors, the event also featured policy experts, health care leaders, and members of Congress highlighting the innovative approach to care delivery that only Medicare Advantage can provide.
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) and Chief of Staff for Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Elizabeth Hittos, both spoke about the bipartisan support for Medicare Advantage and the importance of protecting seniors’ health care choices.
As part of the briefing, Coalition members shared their personal experiences with Medicare Advantage. These beneficiaries spoke about how Medicare Advantage has improved their lives with preventive care and disease management services, and also protected their finances with out-of-pocket caps – benefits not included in traditional fee-for-service Medicare.
The panel also featured health care leaders from the Alliance for Aging Research, CAPG, National Hispanic Medical Association, and SUMMA Health System. These experts provided firsthand insight into the type of care coordination that seniors receive in the Medicare Advantage and the results that show how the program delivers on the promise of better quality care and outcomes for millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities.