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Medicare Advantage Lobbying

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. “The program has been subject to significant year-over-year payment cuts each year since 2010. While some of these cuts have come about as a result of the Affordable Care Act, a significant portion of the cuts has resulted from CMS instituting a number of discretionary payment policies. These have been real cuts — not merely reductions in rates of projected growth,” the letter noted. “We urge CMS to stabilize Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2016.”