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Relive the 2020 Medicare Advantage Summit!

Our 2020 Medicare Advantage Summit featured speakers including HHS Secretary Alex Azar, CMMI Director Brad Smith, a bipartisan panel of Members of Congress, and top health care innovators. Catch up on all of the best moments here!

We are Better Medicare Alliance.

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.

Advocacy

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

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Press Releases
Analysis: Newly-Expanded Supplemental Benefits Grew 64% in 2021 November 18, 2020

Washington, D.C. – As Medicare’s annual open enrollment period continues, a new data brief commissioned by Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) and prepared by the actuarial consulting firm Milliman highlights the continued expansion of supplemental benefits…

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Better Medicare Alliance: Finalization of Rebate Rule Will Harm Medicare Beneficiaries November 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, in response to the Trump administration’s possible finalization of its flawed “rebate rule” in the coming days. The rule…

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Better Medicare Alliance Statement on the Election of Joe Biden as President of the United States November 9, 2020

Washington, D.C. (November 9, 2020) - Better Medicare Alliance (BMA), the leading research and advocacy organization supporting Medicare Advantage, responded today to the outcome of the November 3rd election for President of the United States. “Better Medicare…

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Our Issues
COVID-19

As of this writing, more than 240,000 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

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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Enrollment

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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Highlights from our 2020 Medicare Advantage Summit

Our 2020 Medicare Advantage Summit featured a three-day agenda with leaders such as HHS Secretary Alex Azar, CMMI Director Brad Smith, a bipartisan roster of Members of Congress, and top health care innovators. Catch up on all that you may have missed and make plans to join us again in 2021!

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