Healthcare Reform

We all must work together to preserve Medicare Advantage in the Healthcare Reform Package because:
  • More than 10 million seniors are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans and are receiving comprehensive, high quality, affordable coverage with benefits that go beyond the coverage offered by traditional Medicare.
  • Many Medicare Advantage plans offer a variety of innovative disease management and care coordination programs to help patients navigate the complicated delivery system. Seniors with chronic conditions are paired with trained health coaches, usually nurses, who help them make the lifestyle changes needed to improve their health, understand and follow physicians’ treatment plans, and address unmet health and social service needs. These programs are working to help keep patients out of the hospital and avoid potentially harmful complications.
  • Seniors continually express very high satisfaction with their Medicare Advantage plan and the additional benefits and services it provides.
  • We believe the entire Medicare program, including Medicare Advantage, should be carefully evaluated as part of comprehensive health care reform. However, seniors in Medicare Advantage should not be forced to bear a disproportionate share of the costs to reform the health care system.
  • Significant cuts to Medicare Advantage could have a large impact on seniors across the country. Seniors could well face higher premiums, reduced benefits, and, in some parts of the country, they would lose access to their Medicare Advantage plan altogether.