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Bipartisan MA Letters Signed By 302 House Members And 66 Senators

posted by AHIP

on February 6, 2019

House and Senate letters expressing bipartisan support for the Medicare Advantage (MA) program recently were finalized and sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These letters were delivered as CMS is entering a key stage of the MA Rate Setting and Call Letter Process for 2020.

A total of 302 House members signed the bipartisan House letter, urging CMS to “ensure that the Medicare Advantage program will continue to offer affordable, high-quality, patient-centered coverage options.” Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Mike Kelly (R-PA) led this effort.

Sixty-six senators signed the bipartisan Senate letter led by Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). This letter states: “For plan year 2020, we encourage the Administration to propose policies that promote innovation, provide predictable funding to support long-term, value-based arrangements, and ensure that any substantive changes include sufficient time for thorough evaluation and stakeholder engagement.”

Bipartisan House Letter

Bipartisan Senate Letter