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Washington, D.C. – Today Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading advocacy coalition for Medicare Advantage, and 12 health organizations sent a letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders calling for Congressional action to provide permanent authorization of Medicare

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz released the following statement in response to the House Ways and Means Committee passage of H.R. 3168, legislation designed to provide continued access to specialized Medicare Advantage plans:

Washington, D.C. - Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz released the following statement in response to the introduction of H.R.

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Four Case Studies Identify a Blueprint of Successful Models of Care Management in Medicare Advantage

 

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz released the following statement in response to the unanimous vote of 26-0 by the Senate Finance Committee today to approve S. 870, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017.

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

 

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz released the following statement in response to reports released by the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in recognition of National Minority Health Month.

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.

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