WASHINGTON, D.C. – (February 1, 2023) – Matt Eyles, President and CEO of AHIP, issued this statement following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) release of the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2024 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies:
“More than 30 million of America’s seniors and people with disabilities choose MA because it delivers better services, better access to care, and better value. MA also covers more racially diverse populations than original Medicare. As demonstrated by a letter signed by over 60 Senators, MA enjoys strong bipartisan support and is a prime example of the government and free market working together successfully.
“We are concerned with the potential adverse impact of the rate notice on seniors and people with disabilities, especially when taken together with the final risk adjustment data validation (RADV) rule and other policy changes proposed for next year. We will carefully review and analyze the details of the proposed notice and provide comprehensive, constructive feedback to CMS during the comment period to reinforce that CMS should not finalize payment policies that increase costs and/or reduce benefits for MA enrollees, especially when health care cost and inflationary pressures remain high. It is important to remember that 3 in 4 senior voters with MA are concerned about cuts to their benefits. And 4 in 5 senior voters say it is important for the federal government and the Biden Administration to protect funding for MA.
“Medicare Advantage provides affordable coverage to over 30 million Americans while delivering additional benefits that original Medicare does not. We look forward to providing comments to CMS that focus on strengthening and protecting this vital program for the people who depend on it for their health and financial well-being.”
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