Cassidy defends Medicare Advantage

Reps. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) lead a bipartisan effort on Wednesday that called for leadership in the House of Representatives to reconsider cuts to the Medicare Advantage program that impact seniors.

Cassidy and Barrow asked House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to reverse the cuts during budget negotiations in a letter signed by 83 members of Congress.

The legislators said $716 billion was cut from Medicare, of which $154 billion was cut from Medicare Advantage, when the Affordable Care Act was passed.

“…Because of these cuts, millions of seniors could now lose their existing Medicare Advantage coverage,” Cassidy said. “Leaders on both sides of the aisle are standing up for our seniors and saying this is unacceptable. During budget negotiations, we urge leadership to keep in mind the 14 million seniors who depend on Medicare Advantage.”

Barrow noted that the cuts would impact hundreds of thousands of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in Georgia alone.

“…Further cuts to Medicare Advantage would dramatically alter the standard of care that folks have come to rely on,” Barrow said. “There’s broad, bipartisan support to preserve this program, and it must remain a priority of this Congress avoid any additional cuts in future budget negotiations.”