Jayapal Leads 50+ Democrats in Urging Biden to End Trump-Era Assault on Medicare

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/01/05/jayapal-leads-50-democrats-urging-biden-end-trump-era-assault-medicare

      Under the DC pilot, the middlemen are known as Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs), and they’re paid monthly by CMS to cover a specified portion of a patient’s medical care. DCEs are then allowed to pocket what they don’t spend on care, prompting concerns that Medicare recipients will see the quality of their coverage decline as private firms seek to boost profits.

      “These models ultimately aim to privatize traditional Medicare by funneling beneficiaries, without their knowledge, into a DCE,” the 54 House Democrats wrote in their letter to the Biden administration on Wednesday. “Unfortunately for patients in these entities, DCEs are incentivized to funnel patients to providers within their networks to maximize profits which can limit patients’ care options.”

      “These models transform the care of a traditional Medicare beneficiary to care typically seen in a private Medicare Advantage (MA) plan despite the fact that the patient chose not to enroll in an MA plan,” the lawmakers added. “We ask that you permanently end the programs and coordinate the transition of traditional Medicare beneficiaries currently in these programs back into the traditional Medicare model by July 1, 2022.”

      Signatories to the new letter include prominent progressives such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.), and Barbara Lee (D-Wash.) as well as more moderate members of the House Democratic caucus, including Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.).

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      And Barbara Lee represents CA not WA.

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