As Congress turns its attention to a $3.5 trillion budget plan intended to bolster the safety net in America, lawmakers are apparently considering provisions that would undermine that very goal. According to reports , Medicare Advantage is being targeted to pay for other government spending, potentially severing the healthcare promises made to the 27 million seniors and people with disabilities who chose Medicare Advantage plans.
It seems history is repeating itself: Every time Congress moves to cut Medicare, seniors and people with disabilities revolt. Congress should not make the same mistake again.
Seniors and people with disabilities know that Medicare Advantage delivers better services, better access to care, and better value than traditional Medicare. That’s why the program remains overwhelmingly popular. A Coalition for Medicare Choices poll found that 92% of seniors with Medicare Advantage are satisfied with their integrated prescription drug coverage, and 93% are satisfied with their preventive services, such as screenings, vaccines,