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Seniors Oppose Cutting Medicare Advantage to Fund Physician Payment Fix
Date:6/19/2008

mong traditional Medicare enrollees and a 13-to-1 ratio among Medicare Advantage enrollees, seniors prefer cutting other programs besides Medicare Advantage or raising taxes to offset the spending needed to stop a scheduled cut in physician payments.

"Seniors agree that the physician payment system needs to be fixed, but not at the expense of more than nine million seniors who rely on the high-value coverage they receive from Medicare Advantage plans," said Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP.

The survey also found that an overwhelming majority of seniors enrolled in traditional Medicare (89 percent) and Medicare Advantage (88 percent) are satisfied with their coverage. Other key findings include:

Ninety-two percent of Medicare Advantage enrollees and 93 percent of traditional Medicare enrollees are satisfied with their doctor.

Eighty-seven percent of Medicare Advantage enrollees and 93 percent of traditional Medicare seniors never had to change their doctors because their doctors either stopped treating Medicare patients or left their plans.

Eighty-nine percent of Medicare Advantage enrollees and 62 percent of traditional Medicare enrollees believe it is important for seniors to have the choice of a plan other than traditional Medicare, such as a Medicare Advantage plan.

The survey of 401 traditional Medicare enrollees and 400 Medicare Advantage enrollees was conducted June 11-15, 2008 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent.

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