WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition for Medicare Choices has recognized Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) as an advocate in protecting senior citizens enrolled in Medicare Advantage. The group cited Lance for joining nearly 300 of his House and Senate colleagues in a bipartisan effort to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon a 5.9 percent rate cut the Medicare agency proposed earlier this year. CMS changed its position following the pressure from Lance’s group and senior citizen organizations.
“Cuts to Medicare Advantage threaten the high quality, affordable health coverage that senior citizens have earned and the financial security they have worked their lives to obtain. In New Jersey more than 220,000 senior citizens and other individuals with disabilities rely on the MA program for the better services, high-quality care and additional benefits these plans provide. The Administration is wrong fix something that isn’t broken,” said Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and a House leader in the effort to keep Medicare Advantage the way senior citizens like it.
ObamaCare raided more than $700 billion from Medicare to spend on the new law with more than $300 billion in cuts coming out of the Medicare Advantage program. According to Oliver Wyman Actuaries, New Jersey would be one of the states hardest hit by steeper cuts to the program. New Jersey enrollees could have seen an average reduction in benefits of as much as $75 per member per month had the original CMS plan taken effect. These cuts could further complicate coverage options and the ability of senior citizens to keep the plans they know and like.