The Issues

We focus our work on these issues, which we believe are driving the future of health care for seniors. As the leading voice on Medicare Advantage, we work tirelessly to protect and ultimately strengthen this critical health care. Our thoughtful, data-driven research drives powerful action in the halls of Congress, from Issue Briefs to Letters on behalf of our community.

Build on Medicare Advantage’s Capabilities to Address Social Determinants of Health and Advance Health Equity

As a diverse community of Ally organizations and beneficiaries, Better Medicare Alliance has a keen focus on addressing the health and racial and ethnic disparities that persist across the health care spectrum, as well as the social and environmental factors that negatively impact beneficiary health. Medicare Advantage is a leader in addressing social determinants of health to reduce disparities and advance health equity by leveraging benefit design and the unique tools at the foundation of Medicare Advantage.

Integrate Learnings and Best Practices from COVID-19 Into Care Delivery

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health care system rapidly shifted its focus and direction to tend to the millions of Americans impacted by the virus, especially those most at-risk like seniors and people with disabilities. Medicare Advantage leveraged its model and tools available to meet the needs of and keep beneficiaries safe during the uncertain times. Lessons learned and best practices developed during this time should not be forgotten and instead, be integrated into care delivery today and in the future.

Promote Value-Based Care and Care Delivery Innovations

Medicare Advantage is built on a value-based system in which health plans receive a fixed, monthly payment for each beneficiary’s care and are tasked with using those dollars efficiently and effectively to improve and deliver positive health outcomes. Value-based care incentivizes high-quality, high-value, coordinated, and innovative care for the more than 33 million beneficiaries who trust Medicare Advantage with their health care.

Improve Enrollment Experience and Enhance Patient Engagement

Better Medicare Alliance leads the charge for solutions to streamline and modernize the Medicare enrollment process to ensure that all beneficiaries know their options and can be an active chooser in their health coverage. Already, our advocacy efforts led to additional language in the annual “Medicare & You” handbook that includes easy-to-read, upfront comparisons of Medicare Advantage and FFS Medicare and supported the recent reintroduction of the multilanguage insert in certain CMS materials to inform beneficiaries of available translation services.

Support the Functional Structure of Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage relies on accurate, adequate, and stable policies to support: full-risk and population-based payment, the collection of data necessary for accurate payment and identifying beneficiary health status, maintaining quality improvement programs, and supporting care management essential to high-value, integrated care.

Convey the Value of Medicare Advantage to the Federal Government and Beneficiaries

Keeping costs low for both the federal government and beneficiaries is at the core of Better Medicare Alliance’s mission and is among the many reasons why more than 33 million Americans trust Medicare Advantage with their health coverage today. Medicare Advantage not only delivers better outcomes, but data shows Medicare Advantage beneficiaries report less in total annual health expenditures than their FFS Medicare counterparts. Moreover, Medicare Advantage delivers more in value to the federal government at no extra cost.