Across East Alabama, so many of our seniors depend on Medicare to help provide their health care coverage.
Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part C, is a program that allows seniors to enroll in plans provided by private insurance companies so they can stay in their current networks and keep the doctors they like and trust.
Almost 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries participate in Medicare Advantage. Across Alabama, it’s about 24 percent.
But Alabama seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans will soon face some of the same consequences of Obamacare that millions of other Americans are.
The president’s health care law included $716 billion in future Medicare spending reductions with a lot of these cuts coming from Medicare Advantage.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released their proposed rate changes for Medicare Advantage which could reduce payments by up to 3.55 percent.
Alabama seniors have a right to be concerned about these provider cuts. They could result in less coverage or fewer benefits. They could impact which doctors continue to participate in the plans.
Just last week, I co-signed a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner expressing concerns about future reimbursement reductions in Medicare Advantage and their impact on our seniors. I of course am a strong opponent of the law, and believe this is just another example of why Obamacare does not work.
Seniors could now risk higher out-of-pocket expenses to keep their current Medicare Advantage plans, or could be forced out of their plans all together, losing their current networks, providers and doctors.
President Obama said if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Once again, with these pending Medicare Advantage cuts, that statement just doesn’t seem to tell the whole story.
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