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NEW REPORT: The State of Medicare Advantage, 2020

Read Better Medicare Alliance’s 2020 State of Medicare Advantage report for the latest facts and findings on MA – from beneficiary demographics to enrollment projections, cost savings, and more.

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Better Medicare Alliance is the nation’s leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage. Together, we are over 140 Ally organizations from across the health care spectrum and nearly 500,00 grassroots beneficiary advocates united in our mission to build a healthier future through a strong Medicare Advantage.

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What We Do
Policy & Research

Our research reports and policy analyses build the evidence for the value of Medicare Advantage to seniors and the health care system.

Thought Leadership

Our timely press releases, op-eds, interviews, and blog posts keep our priorities at the forefront of the news cycle.


Leaders in Congress, the Administration, and communities nationwide know and trust our grassroots-driven advocacy to grow and strengthen Medicare Advantage.

Press Releases
Better Medicare Alliance To Assemble Top Health Care Leaders for 2020 Medicare Advantage Summit September 14, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, announced the first round of speakers for its annual Medicare Advantage Summit held virtually this year October 14-16. 2020.…

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Better Medicare Alliance Blasts “Incomplete Data” in Misleading OIG Report Attacking Health Risk Assessments September 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, responded to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report related to Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) in Medicare Advantage. “Medicare…

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New Study: Medicare Advantage Serves Beneficiaries with Higher Social Risk Factors September 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, released new research showing that Medicare Advantage serves a beneficiary population facing higher rates of social risk factors than…

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Our Issues

As of this writing, more than 120,000 Americans have lost their lives due to COVID-19 – with seniors and those with disabilities among those most at-risk. Better Medicare Alliance advocates for solutions to ensure Medicare Advantage has the tools it needs to keep seniors safe in this uncertain time.

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Racial Health Disparities

As a diverse community of Ally organizations and beneficiaries, Better Medicare Alliance has a keen focus on addressing racial disparities that persist across the health care spectrum and bringing the tools uniquely found in Medicare Advantage to bear in the effort to achieve true equality in health care.

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End-Stage Renal Disease

In addition to individuals age 65 and older and people with disabilities, Medicare covers people with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure. By 2021, all Traditional Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD will be allowed to enroll in Medicare Advantage. While Better Medicare Alliance secured changes to improve care for ESRD beneficiaries, a payment gap remains that could result in Medicare Advantage failing to recoup the full cost of these beneficiaries' care. Accurate payment for ESRD enrollees protects all Medicare Advantage beneficiaries from higher costs or fewer opportunities to expand and improve supplemental benefits.

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Telehealth is already improving access to health care across Medicare Advantage. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, an actuarial analysis commissioned by Better Medicare Alliance found that over two-thirds of Medicare Advantage plans provided telehealth as a supplemental benefit. Now, with new flexibilities granted to ease the adoption of telehealth in the face of the current COVID-19 crisis, a poll conducted by Morning Consult for Better Medicare Alliance finds that 91% of seniors on Medicare Advantage who use this technology report a positive experience.

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Better Medicare Alliance is leading the charge for solutions to streamline the Medicare enrollment process and ensure that all beneficiaries understand the option of Medicare Advantage so they can be active choosers in their health coverage. Already, we've secured the addition of language in the annual "Medicare & You" handbook that includes easy-to-read, upfront comparisons of Medicare Advantage and Traditional Medicare. We also worked with leaders in Congress like Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) to urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase the number of languages used in Medicare’s educational and enrollment materials.

Value-Based Care

Medicare Advantage is built on a payment system that aims to move Medicare from a volume-based to a value-based system. The capitated framework in Medicare Advantage encourages a complete strategy of patient care to prevent unmanaged care that jumps from service to service.

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Our Leader
Allyson Y. Schwartz
President & CEO

A trusted advocate for seniors, Allyson Y. Schwartz served Pennsylvanians for a decade in Congress before bringing her passion for health care to Better Medicare Alliance. As a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, she oversaw key reforms to strengthen Medicare for current and future generations. Schwartz’s leadership at Better Medicare Alliance continues a career-long journey to improve health care affordability, coverage, and outcomes – which is exactly what Medicare Advantage does for 24 million beneficiaries and counting.

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Our Allies

Better Medicare Alliance partners with 143 Ally organizations from across the healthcare spectrum – health providers, Medicare Advantage plans, community partners, area agencies on aging, and other stakeholders – to grow and strengthen Medicare Advantage.

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Medicare Advantage
Summit 2020

We’re going all virtual for our annual Medicare Advantage summit this year! Join us October 14-16 and learn more about sponsorship and speaking opportunities.
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