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Medicare Advantage is the part of Medicare through which private health plans provide comprehensive medical coverage to people over 65 and persons with disabilities. In addition to the hospital and physician coverage that is included in traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans also often include other benefits such as prescription drug, vision, hearing, dental, fitness, mental health, and management of chronic illness and disease.
More than 18 million seniors and individuals with disabilities have chosen to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan because of the better quality care and innovative services these plans provide. Moreover, seniors nationwide value having more choices, flexibility, and control over their health care, and that’s exactly what their Medicare Advantage coverage delivers.
As evidence shows, Medicare Advantage is also a vital source of coverage for low-income and minority beneficiaries, which is why roughly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries choose Medicare Advantage plans. This invaluable coverage option had higher enrollment among minority populations overall compared to traditional Medicare (30 percent versus 23 percent). More than a third (37 percent) of seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage had incomes of less than $20,000. By comparison, 34 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries had incomes of $20,000 or less.
Click here to see more about why Medicare Advantage is so important to its more than 18 million beneficiaries, and here to learn more about how Medicare Advantage plans are working to provide innovative care for chronic illnesses.
Medicare Advantage is providing quality, affordable care to more than 18 million seniors in all 50 states. While beneficiaries report overwhelmingly high levels of satisfaction with their Medicare Advantage plans, challenges for the program lie ahead. The Coalition for Medicare Choices is dedicated to protecting Medicare Advantage.
Coalition members actively communicate with members of Congress about issues that affect their coverage. Over the years, Coalition members have participated in dozens of town hall meetings and rallies involving members of Congress and their staff, written hundreds of letters to the editors of their local newspapers, made tens of thousands of phone calls to congressional offices, and written more than 150,000 letters to their members of Congress. Since 1999, Coalition members have made more than a million contacts with their members of Congress.