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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. 

Washington, D.C. (February 19, 2016) – The Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading advocacy coalition dedicated to supporting and strengthening the Medicare Advantage program, announced it has hired Molly T. Turco as Director of Policy and Research.

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz released the following statement in response to the CY2017 preliminary Medicare Advantage rate notice released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Today 45 ally organizations of the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading advocacy coalition supporting Medicare Advantage, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt voicing support for Medicare Advantage (MA) ahead of the agency's annual 45-day advance notice on the program.

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz, released the following statement in response to a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt signed by 61 members of the U.S. Senate urging against payment and harmful policy changes to the Medicare Advantage program ahead of the annual 45-day rate notice on Medicare Advantage.

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz, released the following statement in response to 369 members of Congress signing letters to show bipartisan, bicameral support for the Medicare Advantage program ahead of the annual 45-day rate notice for Medicare Advantage from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading advocacy coalition supporting Medicare Advantage, launches “Medicare Advantage: The Facts Say Yes”, a digital advocacy campaign on the success of the Medicare Advantage in improving care for seniors and people with disabilities.

Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) President and CEO Allyson Schwartz, released the following statement in response to passage of the “Securing Fairness in Regulatory Timing Act of 2015” (H.R. 3831), legislation to extend the annual comment period for payment rates under Medicare Advantage, and introduction of the Senate companion bill (S. 2351) this week:

5 NEW ALLIES JOIN COALITION INCLUDING AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION

Twelve more organizations including representatives of nurse practitioners, osteopathic physicians, and African American physicians have joined the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), a growing and diverse coalition dedicated to protecting and strengthening Medicare Advantage. 

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