Better Medicare Alliance is the nation’s leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage. Together, we are 160 Ally organizations from across the health care spectrum and more than 600,000 grassroots beneficiary advocates united in our mission to build a healthier future through a strong Medicare Advantage.
Washington, D.C. (November 18, 2021) - As Medicare’s annual open enrollment period continues, a new brief commissioned by Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) and prepared by the actuarial consulting firm Milliman highlights the continued expansion of…
Washington, D.C. – Better Medicare Alliance, the nation’s leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, announced the release of new research conducted by Health Management Associates (HMA) evaluating the Medicare Advantage community’s response to…
Better Medicare Alliance, the nation’s leading advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, announced the release of a new report commissioned by its 501(c)3 research arm, the Center for Innovation in Medicare Advantage, and conducted by Milliman…
As of this writing, more than 600,000 Americans have lost their lives due to COVID-19 – with seniors and those with disabilities among those most at-risk. Better Medicare Alliance advocates for solutions to ensure Medicare Advantage has the tools it needs to keep seniors safe in this uncertain time.
As a diverse community of Ally organizations and beneficiaries, Better Medicare Alliance has a keen focus on addressing racial disparities that persist across the health care spectrum and bringing the tools uniquely found in Medicare Advantage to bear in the effort to achieve true equality in health care.
In addition to individuals age 65 and older and people with disabilities, Medicare covers people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure. By 2021, all Traditional Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD will be allowed to enroll in Medicare Advantage. While Better Medicare Alliance secured changes to improve care for ESRD beneficiaries, a payment gap remains that could result in Medicare Advantage failing to recoup the full cost of these beneficiaries' care. Accurate payment for ESRD enrollees protects all Medicare Advantage beneficiaries from higher costs or fewer opportunities to expand and improve supplemental benefits.
Telehealth is already improving access to health care across Medicare Advantage. In 2021, 94% of Medicare Advantage plans offer expanded telehealth benefits to keep seniors safe and healthy at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. A poll conducted by Morning Consult for Better Medicare Alliance finds that 91% of seniors on Medicare Advantage who use this technology report a positive experience.
Better Medicare Alliance is leading the charge for solutions to streamline the Medicare enrollment process and ensure that all beneficiaries understand the option of Medicare Advantage so they can be active choosers in their health coverage. Already, we've secured the addition of language in the annual "Medicare & You" handbook that includes easy-to-read, upfront comparisons of Medicare Advantage and Traditional Medicare. We also worked with leaders in Congress like Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) to urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase the number of languages used in Medicare’s educational and enrollment materials.
Medicare Advantage is built on a framework that aims to move Medicare from a volume-based to a value-based system. The capitated payment model in Medicare Advantage encourages a complete strategy of patient care to prevent unmanaged care that jumps from service to service.
Better Medicare Alliance partners with 160 Ally organizations from across the healthcare spectrum – health providers, Medicare Advantage plans, community partners, area agencies on aging, and other stakeholders – to grow and strengthen Medicare Advantage.
Highlights from our 2021 Medicare Advantage Summit
Our 2021 Medicare Advantage Summit featured a two-day agenda with leaders such as Meena Seshamani, M.D., Ph.D., CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare, Dr. Purva Rawal, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer of CMMI, a bipartisan roster of Members of Congress, and top health care innovators. Catch up on all that you may have missed and make plans to join us again in 2022!