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Medicare Advantage Coalition Applauds Updated Legislative Proposal to Improve Health Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries

 

Today, Better Medicare Alliance is encouraged by an announcement from new Medicare Chief Seema Verma that CMS is committed to strengthening Medicare Advantage. We will work with CMS to identify ways to achieve this shared goal to remove barriers and increase access to high-quality care for those most in need, especially beneficiaries with chronic conditions. An important step to enabling the full-value of Medicare Advantage and access to important benefits for more beneficiaries would be to lift or suspend an existing policy, called the benchmark cap.

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading advocacy coalition supporting Medicare Advantage, announced the launch of “Medicare My Way,” an advocacy campaign in support of Medicare Advantage, the managed care, private option in Medicare that provides affordable, high-quality care for 18.5 million beneficiaries. As part of the campaign, BMA is kicking off a three-week Digital March on Washington today organizing over 100,000 seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage to call on the Trump Administration and Congress to lift a cap on Medicare Advantage care.

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz released the following statement in response to the CY2018 preliminary Medicare Advantage rate notice released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

As a representative of 80 health, business, and advocacy organizations as well as over 200,000 beneficiaries, Better Medicare Alliance is pleased to see the highest ever bipartisan support in the Senate for Medicare Advantage. We encourage Acting Administrator Patrick Conway at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to work with lawmakers calling on the new Administration to build on the success of Medicare Advantage as a key model for the future of health care.

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz, released the following statement in response to the appointments of Dr. Tom Price to the role of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Seema Verma to the role of Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

As a candidate President-elect Donald Trump spoke of the importance of Medicare to American seniors, people with disabilities and their families. Better Medicare Alliance, as the leading voice on Medicare Advantage, looks forward to working with the new Congress and the new Administration to ensure the availability and sustainability of Medicare Advantage, as well as to support the innovation in quality, care, affordability, and beneficiary satisfaction that Medicare Advantage offers 18.5 million Medicare beneficiaries.

The report released by CMS today shows that Medicare Advantage continues to be a strong, viable option for Medicare beneficiaries in need of high-quality care and importantly – access to highly rated plans is robust and more evenly distributed across the country. For 2017, quality in Medicare Advantage remains stable with almost 70% of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries enrolled in plans rated 4 stars or higher – approximately the same in 2017 as compared to 2016. We encourage CMS to continue to emphasize measures that evaluate success in improved health outcomes and include care coordination measures in quality ratings to capture care innovations in Medicare Advantage.

The Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) released a new interactive online map today representing data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of beneficiary enrollment in Medicare Advantage, also known as Medicare Part C, by Congressional district.

Stalwart community-based organizations the YMCA and Meals on Wheels America are among 62 organizations who have joined the growing Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading advocacy coalition dedicated to supporting Medicare Advantage as an option in Medicare. 

Better Medicare Alliance President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz released the following statement in response to the proposed rule regarding Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today.

Better Medicare Alliance President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz released the following statement in response to the CY2017 Medicare Advantage Final Rate Notice and Call Letter released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today.

A new research study released today by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care on behalf of the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) found that the likelihood of an avoidable hospitalization is 10% lower for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries than for traditional fee-for-service Medicare enrollees.

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading advocacy coalition supporting Medicare Advantage, submitted a comment letter today signed by 49 ally organizations responding to the CY2017 preliminary Medicare Advantage (MA) Advance Notice and Call Letter released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Feb. 19. The letter outlines key concerns and requests made by BMA on behalf of the coalition of nurses, doctors, plans, employers, retiree organizations, and beneficiaries.

On behalf of a broad coalition of nurses, doctors, plans, employers, retiree organizations, and beneficiaries who support Medicare Advantage, Better Medicare Alliance looks forward to submitting full comments after careful analysis and assessment of potential effects of the proposed changes on plans, providers, and beneficiaries, as well as impact on shared goals to provide high quality, affordable, value-based care. 

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