by Andrew Mangione – AMAC members may be interested in learning more about a bipartisan bill brought to our attention by the office of Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), entitled the “Medicare Beneficiary Preservation of Choice Act of 2013.” Jointly introduced by Reps. Rothfus and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), H.R. 2453 seeks to restore a degree of consumer choice for those attempting to find the best health care plan for their individual coverage needs. Under ObamaCare, the open enrollment and disenrollment period for Medicare beneficiaries was significantly altered, limiting the ability of older Americans to make important changes in coverage. The Medicare Beneficiary Preservation Choice Act of 2013 returns the open enrollment period dates for Medicare Advantage plans to the first three months of the year like it was prior to 2011 – an act 97% of poll respondents favored when asked on our website. Last week, an AMAC representative delivered a letter of support for H.R. 2453 to the sponsors, highlighting the critical steps it takes to preserve Medicare benefits. AMAC emphatically supports this bill, which restores a degree of consumer flexibility to beneficiaries, enhances the freedom of economic choice, and gives seniors peace of mind.
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