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BMA in the News

Politico Pulse
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Better Medicare Alliance, an insurance and provider coalition focused exclusively on preventing cuts to Medicare Advantage plans, is out with a new ad thanking the members of Congress who helped lobby the Obama administration to turn proposed cuts into a payment increase. 

FierceHealthPayer
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) claim that its proposal to cut Medicare Advantage (MA) reimbursement rates by 0.95 percent in 2016 will not impact insurers' revenue, but industry experts say the changes will hit their bottom lines, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Benefits Pro
Monday, February 23, 2015

A broad and perhaps informal coalition of Medicare Advantage supporters is gearing up to fight the Obama administration’s announced intention to cut payments to MA insurers by 0.9 percent. While the cut itself isn’t huge, it comes on the heels of much more substantial ones.

Inside Health Policy
Monday, February 23, 2015

Stakeholders are pouring through Medicare Advantage and exchange rules proposed by HHS Friday, and some health plans said Monday the MA proposal amounts to a pay cut so they oppose it. 

Modern Healthcare
Friday, February 20, 2015

The CMS has proposed increasing health insurers' Medicare Advantage payment rates by 1.05% for 2016, a move that kicks off a 45-day dogfight in Washington before the rates are cemented. The base rate was an 0.95% average decrease, but "when combined with expected growth in plan risk scores due to

Modern Healthcare
Friday, February 20, 2015

Paula Ercolini is one of about 1.8 million seniors who are part of a Medicare Advantage advocacy group that is blitzing the airwaves and putting pressure on the Obama administration and Congress. “I like to be able to control what's going on in my life.

Morning Consult
Thursday, February 19, 2015

A lot has been written lately about the return of the house call. Innovative health plans, entrepreneurs and forward-thinking health systems are recognizing that house calls are a compelling example of how we can build a more integrated and technology-enabled health system that treats patients at the right time in the optimal setting.

Inside Health Policy
Thursday, February 19, 2015

An insurance industry-backed group including beneficiaries and providers released a report Thursday (Feb.

CQ-Roll Call
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Employers and insurers are lobbying Medicare officials not to impose deeper cuts in the rates for private Medicare Advantage plans when they are released on Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to release a draft payment proposal for 2016 on Friday that is supposed to be finalized on April 6.

Politico Pulse
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Better Medicare Alliance, which includes several insurers and business groups, wrote CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner saying that another round of cuts would be harmful to the program and the 17 million seniors it covers.

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