A bipartisan group of 40 senators also recently sent a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the Medicare agency to protect seniors by maintain current payment levels in 2015. The bipartisan Senate letter adds to the growing list of voices expressing concern about the impact additional cuts would have on seniors.
Each year, CMS sets payment rates for Medicare Advantage plans based on many factors. Preliminary 2015 rates are expected to be announced on February 21, 2014, with final rates expected on April 7, 2014. A recent report from Oliver Wyman found that another round of payment cuts would mean seniors learning that out-of-pocket costs are higher, benefits have been cut, provider access is restricted, and choice of plans is more limited.
AHIP’s Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) recently launched a national grassroots and advocacy campaign, called “Seniors are Watching,” urging the Medicare agency to protect seniors in the program by maintaining current payment levels in 2015. To learn more, visit www.MedicareChoices.org/Seniors-Are-Watching and follow the coalition on Twitter (@ProtectMyMA) and Facebook.