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Seniors Right to Know Act

AMAC recently partnered with Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA) to promote transparency within the Medicare Advantage program. On March 11, 2014, AMAC offered support to Rep. Denham’s bill, the “Seniors Right to Know Act.” This important piece of legislation ensures that mature Americans and seniors have access to critical information regarding changes to their Medicare Advantage plans. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known more commonly as “ObamaCare,” has had a significant impact on Medicare Advantage – cutting $308 billion from this program alone. Thus, the “Seniors Right to Know Act” requires Medicare Advantage providers to notify beneficiaries when changes to their plans occur as a result of ObamaCare requirements. This basic notification requirement grants full disclosure to beneficiaries, enhances transparency, and promotes accountability for any changes made to plans as a result of this harmful law. AMAC continues to oppose further cuts to this value-based program and will fight to keep Medicare Advantage intact because of its immense popularity among beneficiaries and success. AMAC overwhelmingly supports the “Seniors Right to Know Act” and its mission to ensure that mature Americans and seniors obtain the information they need regarding their health plans.

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March 11th, 2014

The Honorable Jeff Denham
10th District, California
U.S. House of Representatives
1730 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Denham,

On behalf of the 1.1 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing to offer our unwavering support for the “Seniors Right to Know Act.” This important piece of legislation ensures that mature Americans and seniors have access to critical information regarding changes to their Medicare Advantage plans.

At its inception, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as “ObamaCare,” stripped $308 billion from the Medicare Advantage program. As a result of this significant cut, many seniors have already lost or are in danger of losing the Medicare Advantage plans they like and prefer and may be forced back onto original Medicare. Unfortunately, these government-imposed changes to Medicare Advantage will have a detrimental impact on seniors participating in this market-based, competitive health care program – leaving many seniors to grapple with reduced plan choice, tighter provider networks, and higher out-of-pocket costs.

Given the large number of Mature Americans that choose to receive their benefit via Medicare Advantage, the “Seniors Right to Know Act” requires Medicare Advantage providers to notify beneficiaries when changes to their plans occur as a result of ObamaCare requirements. In addition, the simple notification required in this bill enhances transparency and promotes accountability for any changes made to seniors’ plans as a result of this harmful law.

As the fastest-growing conservative seniors organization in the country, AMAC remains very concerned about the future of Medicare Advantage. AMAC strongly opposes any further cuts to this value-based program, which has a proven record of success and remains immensely popular among beneficiaries. Thanks to your concern for this issue and your commitment to transparency, AMAC is pleased to support the “Seniors Right to Know Act.”

Sincerely,
Dan Weber
President and Founder of AMAC

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