The lawmakers praised the program's historic affordability and comprehensive benefits, and emphasized its growing commitment to underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minorities.
"Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Medicare Advantage serves some of the most at-risk and disproportionately affected populations. During the pandemic, Medicare Advantage enrollees experienced a 19 percent lower rate of hospitalization compared to original Medicare beneficiaries."
America's Health Insurance Plans piggy-backed the praise, saying the bipartisan letter represented the value Medicare Advantage delivers to qualifying Americans.
"Medicare Advantage has strong bipartisan support because it is a prime example of the government and free market working together to deliver lower costs, more choices, and better outcomes for millions of Americans," said Matt Eyles, AHIP president and CEO. "We applaud Congress for standing with seniors and people with disabilities who depend on this vital program and look forward to working with both Congress and the [Biden] administration to keep MA strong, stable, and adequately funded now and in the future."