Grassroots group urges Congress to preserve Medicare Advantage funding

The infrastructure bill could jeopardize the popular health care option.

Congress is still hammering out the Build Back Better reconciliation bill and some are concerned it could bring substantial changes to the Medicare Advantage program.

Also known as Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage is a program that provides Medicare coverage through private insurance.

Nationwide, about 27 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. That includes more than 2.2 million Floridians — about half of all Medicare-eligible residents — are enrolled in Medicare Advantage.

Depending on what is included in the final reconciliation bill, there could be substantial funding cuts which could in turn lead to higher costs for those who currently have a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Advantage recipients are particularly vulnerable to price increases, according to the Coalition for Medicare Choices.

The national grassroots organization, which includes more than 2 million Medicare Advantage recipients, notes that about half of eligible minorities enroll in Medicare Advantage. Additionally, about 40% of Medicare Advantage members make less than $25,000 per year and 57% are women.

The Coalition for Medicare Choices also touts data showing 94% of Medicare Advantage members are satisfied with their coverage, including 61% who say they are “very satisfied.”

Further, about three-quarters of seniors say the federal government should preserve Medicare Advantage funding. The same number said they would be more likely to vote for their member of Congress if they supported additional funding for Medicare Advantage.

The Coalition also notes that Medicare Advantage helps drive down costs for taxpayers — the more people who enroll, the slower costs grow for traditional Medicare.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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