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From better use of primary care to preventive care and enhanced benefits, Medicare Advantage is improving health care for over 17 million beneficiaries – and the facts show it. 

Ninety-one percent of seniors in Medicare Advantage are satisfied with their coverage, with 69 percent saying they are highly satisfied. Among seniors who switched to Medicare Advantage from fee-for-service Medicare, 58 percent say Medicare Advantage is better, while just two percent say fee-for-service is better.

Seniors love their federal health insurance – but they love some plans more than others. Whether enrolled in traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage, Morning Consult polling shows Americans aged 65 and older expressing high levels of satisfaction with their federal health benefits. 

February 1, 2017

Dear Patrick Conway:

On behalf of Iora Health, we are writing to support legislative or administrative action to remove the Medicare Advantage benchmark cap for 4-Star or higher plan to ensure all beneficiaries experience all the benefits of enrollment in a high quality plan.

January 30, 2017

Dear Patrick Conway:

As Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) allies that are strong advocates for the use of quality incentives to enable enhance benefits for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, we are writing to advocate for the removal of the Medicare Advantage benchmark cap.

January 27, 2017

Dear Patrick Conway:

On behalf of the Texas Association of Business, we are writing to support legislative or administrative action to remove the Medicare Advantage benchmark cap for 4-Star or higher plan to ensure all beneficiaries experience all the benefits of enrollment in a high quality plan.

January 27, 2017

Dear Acting Administrator Conway:

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (PA Chamber), we are writing to support administrative action to remove the Medicare Advantage benchmark cap for 4-Star or higher plans to ensure all beneficiaries experience all the benefits of enrollment in a high quality plan.

 

January 27, 2017

Dear Patrick Conway:

On behalf of Summa Health, we are writing to support legislative or administrative action to remove the Medicare Advantage benchmark cap for 4-Star or higher plans to ensure all beneficiaries experience all the benefits of enrollment in a high quality plan.

January 25, 2017

Dear Acting Administrator Conway:

 As you prepare to release the CY2018 Medicare Advantage Notice and Call Letter, we write to underscore our support for Medicare Advantage and urge you to propose policies that maintain stability and support a strong Medicare Advantage option for beneficiaries.

January 25, 2017

Dear Speaker McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:

On behalf of Iora Health, we are writing to support legislative or administrative action to remove the Medicare Advantage benchmark cap for 4-Star or higher plan to ensure all beneficiaries experience all the benefits of enrollment in a high quality plan.

January 25, 2017

Dear Mr. Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi:

On behalf of Iora Health, we are writing to support legislative or administrative action to remove the Medicare Advantage benchmark cap for 4-Star or higher plan to ensure all beneficiaries experience all the benefits of enrollment in a high quality plan.

January 24, 2017

Dear Senator McConnell,

As trusted fiduciary of over 32,000 Kentucky retire teachers’ health care, we strongly support Medicare Advantage and the quality, affordable health care it provides seniors.

January 16, 2017

Dear President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence:

Summa Health writes today to introduce you to our integrated healthcare delivery system and to offer targeted administrative improvement recommendations as you develop your regulatory agenda for the 2018 payment years and beyond.  

December 9, 2016

Dear Representative Tom Price and Seema Verma:

We are writing to introduce Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) and highlight the advocacy work we do to support and strengthen Medicare Advantage on behalf our alliance. Medicare Advantage is leading the way in modernizing Medicare and we are eager to build on its achievements. We look forward to working with you and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Congress, to strengthen Medicare Advantage and prevent disruption in the program that 1 in 3 beneficiaries depend on for their Medicare.

December 9, 2016

Better Medicare Alliance sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on December 9, 2016 on behalf of over 75 organizations including health plans, providers, health systems, aging service agencies, business groups, as well as beneficiaries, who support and advocate for Medicare Advantage. Our key goals are to ensure the program is stable, accessible, high quality, cost effective, and financially viable through ongoing support of policymakers. 

August 15, 2016

Care provided outside of traditional clinical settings can have a significant impact on making care
more accessible to disabled and senior beneficiaries covered by Medicare. Medicare Advantage
(MA) plans and provider organizations are bridging gaps in health care delivery by actively
engaging in partnerships with community-based organizations to meet the needs of Medicare
beneficiaries.

March 4, 2016

Better Medicare Alliance submitted this comment letter to the recently released 2017 Advance Notice and Call Letter on behalf of our alliance of nurses, doctors, plans, employers, retiree organizations, and beneficiaries who support Medicare Advantage (MA).

February 17, 2016

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) submits a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt as the agency prepares to release the CY2017 Advance Notice.

January 15, 2016

Click here to read PDF of a letter sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell on January 15, 2016 to protect Medicare Advantage from employer groups including Better Medicare Alliance ally partner organizations:

November 17, 2015

Better Medicare Alliance responds to CMS' Request for Information Regarding Implementation of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, Promotion of Alternative Payment Models, and Incentive Payments for Participation in Eligible Alternative Payment Models.

October 30, 2015

Better Medicare Alliance recommends that the Senate Finance Committee consider policymaking in Medicare Advantage to be subjective to regulatory guidance rather than sub-regulatory guidance, and that the announcement of STAR Ratings performance targets be prospective rather than retrospective.  

June 22, 2015

Better Medicare Alliance responds to the Senate Finance Committee’s May 22, 2015 request for recommendations based on real world experience and data-driven evidence that improves care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions.

June 1, 2015

Better Medicare Alliance writes to express opposition to the source of the budget offset used in the 21st Century Cures Act.

March 6, 2015

Better Medicare Alliance provides comments on the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (“CY”) 2016 for Medicare Advantage (“MA”) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2016 Call Letter.

February 18, 2015

Better Medicare Alliance sends letter on how the Medicare Advantage program is a leader in achieving the goals set by the Secretary of value-based payment systems that increase care coordination, improve population health and promote patient engagement.