February 18, 2022

Cortez Masto Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging Support for Medicare Advantage Program

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) led a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues in urging the administration to continue support for the Medicare Advantage program, which provides quality health care to 27 million seniors and individuals with disabilities.  

“As you consider annual updates for plan year 2023,” wrote the Senators, “we ask you to ensure that payment or policy changes allow Medicare Advantage plans to continue to provide the patient-centered care that 43 percent of Medicare-eligible Americans rely on every day.

“Enrollees in the program benefit from out-of-pocket cost limits and plan options that can include access to telehealth services, in-home care, nutrition services, and transportation benefits to meet seniors’ individual needs,” the Senators continued. “In fact, over 95 percent of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries have access to meal services, telehealth, transportation, dental, fitness, vision, and hearing benefits.  Access to these benefits and care provided under the Medicare Advantage program have helped enrollees stay healthy and safe throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

The full text of the letter is available HERE.

Senator Cortez Masto is a leader in the Senate in ensuring older Nevadans can access quality, affordable health care. She has cosponsored legislation to make health care more affordable by giving Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices, capping drug costs, and limiting egregious price hikes by drug manufacturers. She has introduced bipartisan legislation to extend Medicare enrollees’ access to telehealth services no matter where they reside. She has also worked to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.