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Fallout Continues Around Medicare Advantage Payment Rates

The Obama administration's decision to reverse a proposed Medicare Advantage payment cut has been panned by insurance analysts and governors, among others.

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: Medicare Reversed Payment Cuts, And Not Many Are Happy About It
Medicare’s recent reversal of a proposed payment cut to private health plans -- the second such reversal in two years -- hasn’t won a lot of rave reviews. Insurance analysts say they still anticipate lower payments to private Medicare Advantage plans in 2015. Some editorial pages and supporters have criticized the Obama administration and lawmakers for easing off on Medicare Advantage cuts ordered by the president's health-care law (Millman, 4/14). 

The Associated Press:  3 GOP Governors Blast Medicare Advantage Rates
Three Southern Republican governors are writing President Barack Obama to complain about newly announced Medicare Advantage payments. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the April 15 letter that says changes to Medicare Advantage payments will harm "America's seniors." The changes are blamed on the nation's health care overhaul (4/15).

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