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Medicare Advantage payment cuts did not affect member care access

from Health Payer Intelligence

Contrary to the negative predictions, Medicare Advantage beneficiaries’ access to care and health plan affordability did not change between 2009 to 2017, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. “The ACA’s reductions to MA plan payments were not associated with declines in healthcare access or affordability for MA enrollees,” the study said. “In fact, as payment cuts were phased in, MA plans reduced costs without diminishing healthcare access or affordability for enrollees relative to TM [Traditional Medicare] beneficiaries. Despite contrary projections, MA plans experienced steady, robust enrollment growth from 2009 to 2017, implying that MA plans became more attractive to beneficiaries during a period of increasing payment pressure.” more

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