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As the leading advocacy coalition supporting Medicare Advantage, BMA shares news and information about the latest evidence-based research and innovative care in Medicare.

Jeffrey Kang, President, ChenMed

Medicare is often seen as the old gray mare of health insurance — outdated and slow-moving. Yet a part of it, Medicare Advantage, could play a key role in health care’s future, especially as Republicans, who traditionally have been more supportive of the program, look for their own ways to transform health care and move it further in the direction of value-based care. Medicare Advantage could certainly be expanded based on this solid foundation. But if it is to take a more central role in health reform, Congress and the Trump administration should not just accept it as is. Three key improvements would be needed.

Amanda Hurley, BMA Senior Policy Associate

It has been reported that lifting the Medicare Advantage (MA) benchmark cap is a priority for Congress in the upcoming lame duck session.

Lynnzy McIntosh, Executive Director, Consortium for Older Adult Wellness

These are words that strike terror in our hearts- “she’s had a fall”.  Falling is not a part of normal aging.  And yet, one in three people over the age of 65 report a fall.

David Introcaso, Ph.D., Senior Director - Regulatory & Public Policy, American Medical Group Assoc.

Beyond the Affordable Care Act and related regulatory reforms, pending implementation of MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) will influence or influence further physicians and

Martin Hamlette, J.D., MPH, Executive Director of the National Medical Association

Our aging population is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse – a phenomenon that raises questions on how we should deal with persistent health disparities in Medicare. 

Dr. Cara James - Director of the CMS Office of Minority Health

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - established through the Affordable Care Act - is dedicated to working on behalf of all CMS beneficiar

Molly T. Turco - BMA Policy and Research Director

As beneficiaries look towards Medicare Advantage (MA) open enrollment in the fall (October 15 – December 7), multiple recent reports and data releases show that the popularity of MA continues to grow. Throughout the country, Medicare beneficiaries have access to a variety of MA plans and the quality of these plans is high and getting higher. Below are key trends and insights Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) has observed.

Joy Powell, Chief Operating Officer Network Solutions at Healthways

Researchers have long determined significant health benefits for older adults who remain active, and even some studies have shown improved mental health among active seniors. More than 13 million people are eligible for the SilverSneakers Fitness benefit at no cost through leading Medicare Advantage health plans.

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