CHA Calls on CMS to Fill In Medicare Advantage Public Data Gaps for Beneficiary Access & More

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California Health Advocates joined 87 other organizations in submitting a letter of support for Center for Medicare Advocacy’s comments responding to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) RFI on Medicare Advantage Data. The comments request that CMS collect and make Medicare Advantage data publicly available where currently gaps exist. These gaps include data on beneficiary access (such as network adequacy, provider directories, prior authorization, denials, appeals), data pertaining to dually eligible beneficiaries on Medicare and Medicaid and dental coverage. The comments also call on CMS to collect data on race, ethnicity, income, sex, age, disability status and more.

Read the full letter and CMA’s submitted comments for more information.

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.