Strengthening the Medicare Advantage Program for Beneficiaries
JULY 09, 2015
For more than 16 million seniors and individuals with disabilities, Medicare Advantage coverage provides high-quality, affordable, coordinated care. Medicare Advantage often includes benefits for prescription drug, vision, hearing, dental, fitness, mental health, and the management of chronic illness and disease.
Recently, members of the U.S. House of Representatives passed four pieces of bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the popular Medicare Advantage program for current and future beneficiaries. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chair of the Committee on Ways & Means, said that these bills would “remove many unnecessary bureaucratic burdens that currently plague our MA program”. Together, these proposed initiatives build on the overwhelming bipartisan support of more than 340 members of Congress for beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage.
Speaking on Capitol Hill to the House Ways and Means and House Energy and Commerce committees, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) noted “I’m proud that the House acted today to strengthen this important program both for current beneficiaries and future retirees, and we did it in a bipartisan way that puts patients and their doctors first.” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) joined Rep. Black adding that “the passage of [H.R. 2570] demonstrates that Congress can come together and pass bipartisan, commonsense legislation that improves care for seniors while strengthening Medicare.”
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) also highlighted the bipartisan nature of the bills when he said that “this has been one of the most exciting recent legislative experiences I’ve had, where we are dealing with Americans who are not Republicans or Democrats but they are sick, old and fragile.”
Bipartisan support, along with the Coalition for Medicare Choices’ (CMC) 1.8 million seniors, behind efforts to protect and strengthen the Medicare Advantage program continues to grow stronger than ever. Learn more about the CMC and Medicare Advantage seniors by visiting www.medicarechoices.org and following the Coalition on Twitter and Facebook, and click here for video of the House proceedings on these four bills.