by Cathryn Donaldson
April 4, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the release of the final 2018 Medicare Advantage rate notice, AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner issued the following statement:
“Medicare Advantage works. It consistently offers more affordable choices and brings innovative, quality, and coordinated care to 18.5 million Americans – nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries. That’s why close to 350 members of Congress came together across the aisle to voice their concern about potential cuts, and to protect Medicare Advantage benefits that continue to deliver value. We appreciate their support for this program, which is so important to our nation’s seniors.
“While CMS made adjustments to some policies, and we welcome the Request for Information, we believe more must be done to ensure beneficiaries are well supported in achieving their best health. We look forward to working with the Agency to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, enhance program flexibility and innovation, and promote delivery system reform and patient engagement. Together, we can ensure Medicare Advantage remains a strong and sustainable program that delivers results.”
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national association whose members provide coverage for health care and related services to millions of Americans every day. Through these offerings, we improve and protect the health and financial security of consumers, families, businesses, communities and the nation. We are committed to market-based solutions and public-private partnerships that improve affordability, value, access and well-being for consumers. Visit www.ahip.org Learn more about health insurance and how it works at myhealthplan.guide.