South Carolina US Sen. Tim Scott said proposed changes to Medicare Advantage would essentially be cuts to the health insurance program that covers 216,000 South Carolinians, he wrote in a letter to agency officials released Friday.
Scott argued in a release revealing the letter signed with 12 other GOP senators that nearly a quarter of South Carolina’s Medicare recipients are on the Advantage program.
The program acts as a private federally-subsidized alternative with additional coverage than traditional Medicare. However, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the program also costs the federal government more money. Provisions in the 2009 Affordable Care Act that limit reimbursements are leading to several pending changes that would result in cuts to the program next year.
“These proposed changes have the potential to create instability in the Medicare Advantage program and undermine health plan choices that are valued by millions of Americans,” the letter states.
It urges federal officials to instead “strengthen” the program.