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CMS’ Verma: Medicare Advantage Works, Medicare for All Doesn’t

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 12:38 PM

This week, CMS Administrator Seema Verma made some very strong remarks denouncing governments involvement in health care while highlighting Medicare Advantage as a beacon of light in the system. 

 “Don’t get me wrong: There are a lot of successes in Medicare,” Verma said Monday during the MA Summit hosted by the Better Medicare Alliance in Washington, D.C. “What works in the Medicare program is Medicare Advantage because plans are competing on the basis of cost and quality, driving toward value and increasing choices for beneficiaries.”

This year, CMS allowed MA plans to cover non-medical in-home care for the first time; next year they have approved all supplemental benefits that “have a reasonable expectation of improving or maintaining the health or overall function” of beneficiaries with chronic conditions.

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