Apr 04 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Sinema joined a bipartisan effort to stop proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage payment rates for 2015. This is the fourth letter she has sent the Administration or Congressional leadership on behalf of Arizona seniors affected by these proposed cuts. In February, Congresswoman Sinema sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius identifying the risks these cuts pose to seniors in Arizona’s ninth district:
“Nearly 43 percent of Medicare eligible beneficiaries in my district choose a Medicare Advantage plan,” said Sinema. “I am concerned that the proposed payment rate reductions for 2015 will undermine the choices made by my fellow Arizonans by causing beneficiaries to lose needed services and to experience increases in premiums.”
In addition, Congresswoman Sinema spoke on the House floor about the importance of Medicare Advantage for Arizonans and the harm these cuts could cause:
“These cuts could also have the unintended and costly consequence of putting our seniors at risk of being placed in institutions rather than staying in their homes.
“Instead of cutting funding for these popular plans, we should work together to find reasonable solutions that drive down cost, increase choice, address waste, fraud and abuse, spur innovation, and ultimately improve the quality of care provided to our seniors.”
Click here for video of Sinema speaking on the House floor in defense of Arizona seniors and Medicare beneficiaries.