Members of Congress Fight to Protect Medicare Advantage
MARCH 28, 2017
Washington, D.C. – As CMS prepares to finalize Medicare Advantage payment policies on April 3rd, mounting support for protecting this invaluable coverage option has grown to an unprecedented level. A bipartisan group of 344 members of Congress—including 40 new signers—have sent letters urging the Medicare agency to protect seniors from cuts to the program. According to Oliver Wyman, CMS’ changes, if finalized, would result in an estimated 1.8 to 2.0 percent cut on average to Medicare Advantage payments in2018.
The voices on Capitol Hill join the 2 million Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with AHIP’s Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC), who are urging Washington to protect their coverage through dozens of in-person meetings with elected representatives in their districts and thousands of emails and phones calls to Congressional offices. This year, CMC members have contacted all 535 Members of Congress.
Bipartisan Senate letter signed by 67 senators and led by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL):
- “We write to express out strong support for the Medicare Advantage program and the high-quality, innovative, and affordable health care it provides to over 18 million seniors and individuals with disabilities.”
Bipartisan House letter signed by 270 members and led by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA):
- “[The Medicare Advantage program continues to be of value to both taxpayers and seniors. The program also gives plans the flexibility to offer additional care coordination and disease management programs, as well as assistance in accessing community-based resources not always available in traditional Medicare.”
Letter from Senate Republican leadership and members of the Finance Committee:
- “We are concerned that some policy change proposals included in the 2018 Advance Notice would have a negative impact on the MA program and the other 18 million beneficiaries who choose it as their Medicare coverage option. Man seniors, individuals with disability, and those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid select MA to receive comprehensive, coordinated care”
Letter from the Massachusetts delegation:
- “Medicare Advantage (MA) is a popular choice for many of our constituents in Massachusetts – with approximately 246,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities enrolled in these plans to meet their health care needs. We believe that MA should continue to be a robust option for new beneficiaries and current beneficiaries that are satisfied with their benefits and structure of their plans.”
These letters echo the CMC’s year-round effort to engage and activate its 2 million Medicare Advantage beneficiaries who are working to protect the high quality, innovative coverage offered by these plans.
The Coalition for Medicare Choices was formed in 1999 and has more than 2 million members. We will never ask you for money, sell you anything or share your information without your permission. Our sole purpose is to protect and improve Medicare Advantage.