MacArthur Named 2015 Medicare Advantage Champion
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that he was named a 2015 Medicare Advantage Champion by the Coalition for Medicare Choices.
The award recognizes the Congressman’s commitment to protect Medicare Advantage for the millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities who currently depend on its coverage. With over 220,000 residents in the state of New Jersey currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage the program offers high quality and dependable care for thousands in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District.
In February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an “Advance Notice” that health insurers providing Medicare Advantage plans will see additional cuts for 2016 on top of the nearly 10 percent cut that current enrollees have already experienced over the last two years. Additional cuts could risk the health and financial security for countless seniors who rely on Medicare Advantage to meet their healthcare needs.
As a result, Congressman MacArthur joined a bipartisan coalition led by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) to advocate against the proposed Medicare Advantage rate cut. Following the Congressman’s advocacy, CMS reversed its position and proposed – not a cut – but rather a 1.25 percent payment increase to MA providers, which CMS has attributed to revised actuarial estimates.
“With thousands of seniors in our district relying on this very important program I am proud to stand up for the peace of mind they deserve when it comes to high quality care,” said Congressman Tom MacArthur. “I will continue fighting on behalf of seniors to ensure we protect our promise to deliver the peace of mind that comes along with stable coverage.”