D.C. Week: Lawmakers Talk Health Before Heading Out — Focus is on Medicare Advantage Plan Cuts under the ACA
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress tackled several health-related issues this week before leaving the nation’s capital and hitting the campaign trail for a final election push.
Democrats and Republicans traded jabs this week on health reform’s impact on Medicare Advantage plans, with one side praising the law’s effects and the other predicting it will hurt the program.
The Obama administration reported that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has strengthened Medicare Advantage. Since the ACA was passed in 2010, Medicare Advantage premiums have fallen by 10% and enrollment has risen by 28%, according to a statement from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
HHS also projected enrollment to increase 11% in the next year with premiums remaining steady.
But Republicans in the House of Representatives held a hearing Friday on Medicare Advantage plans and took the opportunity to bash cuts in the plan under the ACA saying it will negatively impact enrollment and benefits for seniors.
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