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Washington, D.C., March 24, 2015 – RetireSafe today sent this letter signed by 20 organizations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning cuts to Medicare Advantage proposed by CMS.  These 20 organizations, representing concerned Americans from all over the United States, joined together to ask CMS to reconsider these proposed cuts to an important program that offers seniors an option to Medicare.

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March

Attended a hearing called by the Energy & Commerce health subcommittee concerning drug discounts given to qulaified entities in support of indigent and patients without insurance (340B).

Met withSean Cavanaugh  Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Jefferey Kelman Chief Medical Officer at CMS to discuss continued access to pain medication while discouraging its use by addicts.

Met with the following House Member's staff to discuss preserving Medicare Part D, Representative Lance, Jenkins, M eehan and Collins.

Began a project to Preserve Medicare Advantage.  Our first step is to fight CMS on their proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage. (see comment on our Feedback panel on the right side of the web page).

Met with Representative Sarbanes and Representative Cardenas staff about 340B and 21st Century Cures. (Representative Cardenas received our Standing Up For America’s Seniors Leadership award, see it here).

February

Met with the staff director of the Senate Committee on Aging to discuss prompt pay legislation which encourages the maintenance of community based services.

Conference call with Congressman Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, on the status of the Department of Homeland Security funding and the questions on dealing with immigration.

Met with Chairman Upton’s staff on the Energy and Commerce Committee concerning the closing of community oncology practices and their new legislation, 21st Century Cures.

Met with health and senior advocates concerning cuts to Medicare Advantage and the impact on older Americans.

Met with concerned activists led by the Arthritis Foundation on how to preserve effective communication between the patient, the pharmacist and the doctor when dispensing medication, especially biologics and biosimilars.

Presented our “Standing Up for America’s Seniors Leadership Award” to Senator Cory Gardner (see Senator Gardner's award here).

January

Met with Kim Corbin, Health Counsel for Senator Debbie Stabenow to review Medicare issues.

Attended a meet and greet with the House’s youngest member, newly elected Elise Stefanik.

Met with Senator Gardner’s and Senator Cassidy’s staff concerning the Prompt Payment legislation.  This legislation that will help retain community access for healthcare. (See Legislation here)

Testified at the FDA’s advisory board hearing concerning an application to manufacture a biosimilar for the drug NEUPOGEN. (See statement here).

December

Met with Senator Pat Toomey’s staff to review Medicare issues.

Met with Senator Orin Hatch to review the PARTS (Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales) Act.

 

Met with Senator Portman’s staff concerning efforts to stop the closing of community oncology practices.

 

Attended a meeting led by Chairman Fred Upton (R/MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D/CO) as the discussed their new legislative initiative, 21st Century Cures, a bipartisan approach to improve medical innovation.

 

Presented our “Standing Up for America’s Seniors Leadership Award” to Congressman Dan Lipinski and Leonard Lance. (see Congressman Lipinski award here, see Congressman Lance award here).

 

 

 

President's Message

Cuts to Medicare Advantage Punish Success

 

President Thair Phillips

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If you’re eligible for Medicare you are eligible for Medicare Advantage (MA) a program that lets you sign on with a private insurance carrier that then gets paid by Medicare to take care of you.  It’s popular, over 16 million or about a third of Medicare eligible seniors chose this option.  MA is a win-win for enrollees and insurers because it moves away from the fee-for-service model and toward a preventative care form of healthcare. It is a public/private partnership that has worked for the Medicare Part D prescription drug program and is working for MA.

As unlikely as this seems Washington has begun cutting, and wants to continue cutting, payments to the private insurance providers for MA.  They want to cut a program that:

  •  Puts a premium on prevention – one of the goals of the President’s Affordable Care Act (ACA - sometimes called Obamacare)
  •  Pays a bonus to efficient healthcare providers – one of the goals of the ACA
  • Let’s you choose your insurance company – one of the goals of the ACA
  • Is popular with a large number of people – not true of the ACA

Why would Washington want to cut a program that continues to be successful – because it will free up money that can be used to pay for other Washington priorities.  MA’s success makes it a prime source of revenue for other programs.  That just isn’t right, it just doesn’t make sense.  These cuts have the same effect as raising taxes on a particular industry – the cost is passed on to the consumer, in this case either the premiums go up or the benefits go down.

RetireSafe thinks these cuts need to be stopped; we should be rewarding success not punishing it.  We’re asking you to get involved, call your Representative and Senators (you can get their number by clicking the button below) and tell them to tell the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to quit cutting MA.  It’s a choice that matters to older Americans.

  More thoughts from President Phillips...

 

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Feedback from YOU

Comments we've recieved from you in response to our emails, direct mail and web page communcation.

First off, thank you, a thousand times over, for the work that you do, currently, and the work that you will be doing in the future, on our behalf.  It is very much appreciated.

As a long time Medicare Advantage user, I can tell you I've noticed several services cut from our budget, no longer available.  Most notably for me was the membership in our local health trac group. . . All that's gone now, due to the budget cuts made last year to the Med. Advantage. Donald

Wouldn’t it be great if our Reps and senators could think ahead?  How about cutting a bit from various Foreign Aid packages to other countries and get ours straightened out, and not cut our benefits to people that worked hard to get this country where it is!!  Norm

I am very much offended this man c
alling social security an entitlement. I worked and paid in my whole life so I could retire and draw my social security. Keep your hands off our social security!!!!!! An entitlement is welfare, food stamps and such. I am not on these programs, but if you start cutting back on S.S. I very well maybe have to get on welfare and other programs. LEAVE OUR SOCIAL SECURITY ALONE!!!!!!!   John


 

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