Health Care21 July 2014

AAN Releases Study Examining Medicare Advantage Cuts Per Congressional District

DontCutOurMedicare.com Features District-by-District Data of How Much Obamacare’s Medicare Advantage Cuts Have Already Cost Seniors

WASHINGTON – The American Action Network today released a study examining the district-by-district impact of the Medicare Advantage (MA) cuts seniors will face in 2015 due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), recent additional MA cuts by the Obama Administration, and other government regulations. This study quantifies how much on average a senior’s MA has been cut in each congressional district, by comparing MA rates from before the ACA with the actual benefit cuts each year since the ACA, including the latest round of MA cuts finalized in April 2014.

Featured at DontCutOurMedicare.com, district-by-district data analysis finds that seniors in every congressional district in the U.S. will experience benefit cuts in 2015. On average nationwide, seniors will face an annual benefits reduction of $1,538 or 13.32%. The largest cuts per district are 26.16% and $4,796 per senior, both in districts in New York.

“The impact of Obamacare’s assault on Medicare Advantage and seniors is clear in every district in America,” said AAN Communications Director Dan Conston. “These cuts are already forcing millions of seniors to deal with higher costs, fewer benefits, and worse access to doctors. This is proof positive that Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster for seniors nationwide.”

Nearly 16 million seniors rely on Medicare Advantage, roughly one third of all Medicare users. Obamacare directly cuts Medicare Advantage by over $156 Billion to help fund Obamacare, and since it became law, the Obama Administration has made additional annual MA cuts, including an over 3% cut this year.

A recent study by the American Action Forum estimates the cuts to MA benefits effective 2015 compared to 2014 and to a pre-ACA baseline. Using the study’s county-level estimates, AAN computed average cuts for each congressional district weighted by the distribution of seniors within the district. The average cuts are also weighted by plan enrollment and star rating.

Earlier this year, American Action Network launched a $1 Million issue advocacy campaign opposing additional Medicare Advantage cuts. Thousands of seniors signed AAN’s petition to stop the Medicare Advantage cuts at DontCutOurMedicare.com.


Calvin Moore

Communications Director