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Congressional Health Care Reform Proposals Would Make Health Care More Expensive, Reduce Benefits for Louisianians
Date:11/20/2009

dicare Advantage program, which provides benefits above and beyond traditional Medicare, and has a proven record of improving the health of seniors.

Government agencies have said that Medicare Advantage enrollment is expected to decrease if deep cuts are implemented. A memorandum from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has stated: "We estimate that in 2014, when the Medicare Advantage provisions would be fully phased in, enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans would decrease by about 64 percent (from its projected level of 13.2 million under current law to 4.7 million under the proposal)."

Dupre said, "This development would be a terrible blow to tens of thousands of Louisiana seniors."

He continued, "Our leaders in Washington promised Louisianians that health care reform would make care more affordable for everyone and that people could keep their coverage if they were satisfied with it. What we're seeing with the proposals now being pushed in Washington is the breaking of those promises."

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of comprehensive health care reform legislation on November 7. The U.S. Senate is expected to consider its bill in the coming days.

The Louisiana Association of Health Plans (LAHP) is the state trade association for the health benefits industry. The association serves as the advocate of the health benefits industry in delivering quality, cost-effective health care benefits in Louisiana. For more information, visit www.lahp.net.

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