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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.

As CMS prepares to release its Advance Rate Notice for the Medicare Advantage Program, the Better Medicare Alliance today urged the agency “to stabilize Medicare Advantage payment rates

Below is a statement from Krista Drobac, Interim Executive Director of the Better Medicare Alliance, on the proposed new Medicare Advantage cuts released today as part of the President's budget:

WASHINGTON – Three more leading healthcare organizations have joined the Better Medicare Alliance, a diverse new coalition dedicated to strengthening Medicare Advantage and demonstrating the program’s value.

In response to a new study published in Health Affairs, BMA’s Interim Executive Director, Krista Drobac, issued the following statement:

Today the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a meeting to present a status report on the Medicare Advantage Program. In response, BMA's Interim Executive Director, Krista Drobac, issued the following statement:

WASHINGTON – A broad range of healthcare stakeholders has come together to create a new organization dedicated to strengthening Medicare Advantage and demonstrating the program’s value.

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