This is slightly different conceptually from the elasticities explained in elementary economics textbooks. Those elasticities are typically the “price elasticity of supply” and the “price elasticity of demand,” which measure the effect of a change in price on either supply or demand in isolation from the other. The price elasticity of demand is the ratio of the percent change in the quantity demanded to the percentage change in the price, assuming the supply function stays the same. Likewise, the elasticity of supply assumes the demand function remains unchanged. However, this study follows the example of the CMS actuary and calculates a “benchmark elasticity of enrollment,” a combined elasticity that is the ratio of the percent change in the MA benchmark to the percent change in MA enrollment. This elasticity captures both the supply effect and the demand effect. The supply effect results from lower revenue to MA plan providers, and the demand effect results from MA plans having to provide less generous benefits.
America’s Health Insurance Plans
The Coalition for Medicare Choices is a rapidly growing organization of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries. More than 1.4 million Americans in 50 states have joined the Coalition to protect the benefits they receive through their Medicare Advantage plan. Together, we are working to show Congress that Medicare Advantage plans provide critical benefits and lower out-of-pocket costs to millions of beneficiaries. As Congress debates potential changes to Medicare Advantage, we will make certain that your voices are heard. The Coalition for Medicare Choices is administered by America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans.
Replace Medicare Advantage Cuts with Market
Use market-based bids for benchmark payments. Congress should delink benchmark payments from FFS and instead base payment solely on the bids that MA plans submit to the CMS to provide the traditional Medicare benefit (Parts A and B) to MA beneficiaries. There are a variety of ways to do this. For example, the new MA benchmark payment could be based on the weighted average bid of all plans in each county. Under this method, each bid would be weighted by the proportion of beneficiaries enrolled in that plan in the preceding year. The benchmark payment could also be set at the levels proposed under various premium support proposals, such as the second-lowest cost plan or the average of the three lowest-cost plan bids. Bids would reflect the cost of providing benefits for a beneficiary in average health, and insurers would receive larger or smaller risk-adjusted payments from the government if an enrollee’s health was worse or better than average. If a plan were to bid higher than the benchmark payment, enrollees would pay the difference through increased premiums. If a plan were to bid below the benchmark payment, enrollees would receive the difference in a plan rebate.
Fact Check: Obamacare’s Medicare Cuts
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Medicare Advantage Cuts in the Affordable Care Act: April 2014 Update
The overwhelming majority of Medicare Advantage enrollees will face significant benefit cuts in 2015, relative to benefit levels in 2014. This is primarily the result of ACA-mandated changes to the benchmark payment formula, and the elimination of the star rating bonus pilot program. The cuts are somewhat mitigated by changes in risk adjustment and other factors. Compared to the pre-ACA baseline, all beneficiaries are experiencing a substantial benefit reduction. The overwhelming majority of this reduction is due to ACA-mandated changes to the benchmark formulas in effect in 2010 and prior years. The effect of the star rating pilot program is absent, since star ratings were not used to determine payments at all prior to 2012. The effect of year-to-year (and even cumulative) adjustment factors is small compared to the cumulative effects of the benchmark changes mandated by the ACA.
Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate
Section 101 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (MIEA-TRHCA) provided a 1-year update of 0% for the conversion factor for CY 2007 and specified that the conversion factor for CY 2008 must be computed as if the 1-year update had never applied. Section 101 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA) provided a 6-month increase of 0.5% in the CY 2008 conversion factor, from January 1, 2008, through June 30, 2008, and specified that the conversion factor for the remaining portion of 2008 and the conversion factors for CY 2009 and subsequent years must be computed as if the 6-month increase had never applied. Section 131 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) extended the increase in the CY 2008 conversion factor that was applicable for the first half of the year to the entire year, provided for a 1.1% increase to the CY 2009 conversion factor, and specified that the conversion factors for CY 2010 and subsequent years must be computed as if the increases had never applied.