Better Medicare Alliance Responds to 2023 Medicare Advantage Final Rule
Washington, D.C. – Better Medicare Alliance, the nation’s leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule providing policy and technical updates to Medicare Advantage for the 2023 Contract Year.
“Medicare Advantage continues to deliver quality, affordable, coordinated care to an increasingly diverse, medically complex, and at-risk beneficiary population. We appreciate CMS for delivering a final rule that maintains this coverage lifeline for millions of seniors in the year ahead while equipping Medicare Advantage with the tools to sustain needed improvements in health equity,” said Mary Beth Donahue, President and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance. “On behalf of our 600,000 grassroots beneficiary advocates nationwide, Better Medicare Alliance also commends CMS for finalizing provisions in the rule enabling Medicare Advantage to better identify and address unmet social needs. We further applaud the agency for reinstating the multi-language insert requirement to ensure all seniors are presented with information on their health benefits in terms that are readable and relevant to them.”
Donahue added, “Finally, Better Medicare Alliance is pleased that CMS honored our request to delay certain pharmacy price concession provisions in the proposed rule for one year, giving the Medicare Advantage community additional time to address operational challenges and uncertainties. We look forward to our continued work with regulators and policymakers to meet the urgent health equity challenges of our day and protect the health and financial wellbeing of 28.5 million Medicare Advantage beneficiaries nationwide.”