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Unions back proposed Medicare Advantage cut

The Hill, March 11, 2014
The labor movement is throwing its weight behind a proposed cut to Medicare Advantage (MA) that is fiercely opposed by insurers, doctor groups and Republican lawmakers. The AFL-CIO urged the Obama administration on Friday not to drop its proposed 2015 rate reduction, arguing the cut is necessary to rectify the funding imbalance between MA and traditional Medicare. "We believe it is in the best interest of today's and future Medicare beneficiaries and American taxpayers to establish greater parity between MA plan reimbursements and traditional Medicare costs," the federation wrote in a letter.