New Study: Seniors Want Washington to Protect Medicare Advantage

Medicare seniors who vote say they would oppose a member of Congress in re-election if they voted to cut Medicare

Washington, DC – September 9, 2021 – Americans deserve affordable, high-quality health care and services to help them achieve their best possible health and financial stability. And in a new survey conducted by Morning Consult for the Coalition for Medicare Choices, senior voters are clear: Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration should protect Medicare and not make cuts to Medicare Advantage coverage.

For 27 million seniors and people with disabilities, better health and financial stability is made possible through their Medicare Advantage plan. But new proposals in Washington could mean cuts to the Medicare Advantage program – which would lead to fewer choices, fewer benefits, and fewer Medicare Advantage plans available for $0 premium.

Key findings from the poll include:

  • Seniors will oppose members of Congress who cut Medicare. Nearly 80% of senior voters with Medicare Advantage – including a bipartisan majority of Democrats and Republicans – say they would be less likely to support their member of Congress in their re-election if that member voted to cut Medicare.
  • Nearly three-quarters (74%) of senior voters with Medicare Advantage say protecting Medicare benefits should be a top priority for the Biden-Harris Administration, including a bipartisan majority.
  • The vast majority of senior voters with Medicare Advantage – 93% – oppose making cuts to Medicare. 95% of Democrat senior voters and 95% of Republican senior voters opposing Medicare cuts.
  • 93% of senior voters with Medicare Advantage feel it is important their plan retains the same benefits in light of COVID-19.

More and more Americans are choosing a Medicare Advantage plan because they provide better services, better access to care, and better value. Senior voters are clear: Congress and the Administration should not make cuts to Medicare Advantage to fund other priorities.

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About the Coalition for Medicare Choices

The Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) is a national grassroots organization of more than 2 million Americans who are covered by Medicare Advantage. With Coalition members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, we’re working together to protect and strengthen Medicare Advantage.

More information can be found at www.medicarechoices.org, and those interested in staying up to date on CMC activity are encouraged to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProtectMyMA.

Methodology:

Morning Consult, on behalf of the Coalition for Medicare Choices, conducted an online survey among a national sample of 1,200 senior voters on Medicare, including an oversample of 200 senior voters on Medicare Advantage. The interviews were conducted August 17-21, 2021. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of +/- 3%.