AHIP Commends CMS For A Strong, Positive Step Forward With 2019 Proposed Rule

by Kristine Grow

November 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Marilyn Tavenner, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), issued the following statement on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D rule.

“Americans deserve a strong Medicare program that delivers affordability, quality, choice, and innovative care. The proposed rule released by CMS last week would strengthen and improve the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs so they can better support the beneficiaries they serve.

“These recommendations reflect a strong commitment to improving the patient experience, increasing flexibility and choice, and reducing regulation and red tape. These improvements would help health plans better serve the almost 19 million Medicare Advantage beneficiaries and more than 43 million Americans who rely on Part D.

“We commend CMS’ leadership and staff for their responsiveness to stakeholder input, and for their hard work on behalf of everyone Medicare serves.  AHIP will offer detailed feedback during the formal comment period.  We appreciate CMS’ commitment to working together to improve care, outcomes, and costs for our nation’s seniors and those with disabilities.”