A new Democratic bill would prevent Medicare Advantage (MA) plans from dropping providers in the middle of the year.
The measure is forthcoming from Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and responds to UnitedHealth’s move to drop thousands of doctors from its MA policies at the end of last year.
“The timing and scale of UnitedHealth Group’s provider cuts have been extremely disruptive to patient care and put participants at risk,” said DeLauro in a statement.
“Congress has to hold these companies accountable, and make sure they are putting the care of their enrollees ahead of their profits.”
Fights over Medicare Advantage are especially hot this year given the issue’s relevance in the midterm elections.
Last week, the Obama administration chose to reverse a proposed cut to the program after Republicans indicated they would use the reduction to target vulnerable Democrats.