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In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Better Medicare Alliance acknowledges and honors the many contributions of the Hispanic community in the United States. 

"More Medicare Advantage beneficiaries have access to higher quality plans and improved care than ever before. It is encouraging that many Medicare Advantage plans are working successfully with government regulators to meet high quality standards.

"For the 17 million seniors currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage, increasing evidence of higher quality of care, access to robust benefits, and stable premiums underscores why Medicare Advantage is an attractive option. For more seniors each year, Medicare Advantage is the preferred choice for comprehensive, high quality health care coverage.

The Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), a leading advocacy coalition dedicated to supporting and strengthening the Medicare Advantage program, announced it has hired Adjoa Adofo as Communications Director.

In acknowledgement of Medicare's 50th anniversary, Allyson Y. Schwartz, President and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, issued the following statement:

"Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee introduced four bills designed to support the Medicare Advantage program for seniors.

The Better Medicare Alliance today announced the appointment of Allyson Y. Schwartz as President and Chief Executive Officer. Schwartz, who represented eastern Pennsylvania in Congress from 2005-2015, has deep healthcare experience from both the public and private sectors. 

"Final 2016 Medicare Advantage rates will help provide needed stability for the program after years of cuts, although these rates will not keep pace with the rising cost of medical care"

Three more healthcare organizations have joined the Better Medicare Alliance, a growing and diverse coalition dedicated to protecting and strengthening Medicare Advantage. 

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.

The Better Medicare Alliance today released two new ads as part of a continued campaign to stop proposed new cuts to the Medicare Advantage Program.

The Better Medicare Alliance today released the first two ads of a major campaign to stop proposed new cuts to Medicare Advantage.

"We have analyzed the CMS 2016 Advance Notice and it is clear that the proposed 2016 Medicare Advantage payment rates would result in yet another year of cuts for 17 million seniors.

In response to CMS’ Preliminary Medicare Advantage Rate Notice, Better Medicare Alliance Interim Executive Director Krista Drobac issued the following statement.

Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are on average paying more for less as a result of federal payment rate cuts implemented each plan year from 2012-2015. Medicare Advantage enrollees who need the most care have seen their maximum annual out-of-pocket costs increase by up to $761 since 2012.