<Rancho Cucamonga, CA> — The Seniors V.I.P. Club, which operates within the James L. Brulte Senior Center, today asked the Biden Administration to revisit proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage, a crucial health care program that covers more than 30 million American seniors and people with disabilities, including over 3 million in California. As the one of the largest Senior Cen-ters in the Inland Empire, The James L. Brulte Senior Center supports initiatives that provide quality and affordable health care to our seniors and counts the Seniors VIP Clubs as one of its most active programs.
David Tucker, President of the Seniors V.I.P. Club, said, “California seniors rely on the coverage of their Medicare Advantage plans, which allows them to access quality and affordable health care. Medicare Advantage plans provide top tier benefits, like preventative services, care coor-dination, and telehealth—all while capping out-of-pocket costs and keeping more money in enrol-lees’ pockets.”
Medicare Advantage is a public private partnership that provides eligible seniors and people with disabilities an alternative to original Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans offer the same benefits as original Medicare, but often also provide additional benefits, like hearing, vision, dental, and prescription drug coverage. Polling shows that Medicare Advantage enrollees are overwhelming-ly satisfied with their coverage. Additional polling also shows that 95% of senior voters believe Medicare Advantage should be fully funded by the government.
Mr. Tucker added, “The seniors that we work with every day rely on Medicare Advantage for their health care. Any government cuts to the program would only serve to make access more difficult for seniors. I hope President Biden and officials in his administration will do the right thing and say no to cuts to Medicare Advantage.”
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its 2024 Medicare Advantage Advance Notice proposal, which proposes Medicare Advantage plan payments for the 2024 calendar year. Currently, CMS has proposed billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare Ad-vantage.