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Jaime Herrera Beutler Fights to Protect Popular Medicare Advantage Program for Southwest Washington Seniors

Jaime votes to prevent some Medicare Advantage plans from cancellation

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Washington, DC, June 18, 2015 | comments
Yesterday, Jaime voted with a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to protect Southwest Washington seniors’ option of choosing the best Medicare plan to meet their needs, including Medicare Advantage.
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Yesterday, Jaime voted with a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to protect Southwest Washington seniors’ option of choosing the best Medicare plan to meet their needs, including Medicare Advantage.

Jaime supported the Securing Seniors’ Health Care Act which would prevent the Obama administration from ending Medicare Advantage plans for 2,939 Southwest Washington seniors.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) flawed rating system classifies some Medicare Advantage plans lower than others.  The lower ratings don’t necessarily reflect poor plan performance, but may be because they are serving low income individuals with more chronic and complex health needs. CMS has acknowledged their current plan ratings may not adequately account for socioeconomic factors and intends to review its methodology – yet the Obama administration has threatened to unilaterally terminate these plans.

Jaime also helped the House advance the Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act of 2015 to annually report on enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans.  More than 55,000 seniors in Southwest Washington choose Medicare Advantage over traditional Medicare, including 54% of Medicare eligible seniors in Clark County and 45% of those in Cowlitz County.

“Medicare Advantage continues to be an incredibly popular option for Southwest Washington seniors, but without action from Congress, it’s in jeopardy of suffering death by a thousand cuts.  I won’t let that happen without a fight,” said Jaime. “This presidential administration’s threat to cancel a number of Medicare Advantage plans is just another example of its thinly veiled hostility toward that well-used program. We should be taking action to preserve seniors’ health care choices, not limit them.”

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