Tell President Biden: End Donald Trump’s Medicare Privatization Scheme!
In the waning days of the Trump administration, Jared Kushner launched a pilot program to test a “direct contracting model” with Medicare. Trump & Kushner’s scheme allows Wall Street-backed startups and private insurance giants to take over portions of Medicare.
Under this model, so-called Direct Contracting Entities (DCEs) are paid monthly by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to cover a specified portion of a patient's medical care—a significant shift from traditional Medicare's direct reimbursement of providers. And in this pilot period, Medicare patients could be enrolled into private DCEs without their knowledge or permission!
While President Biden continues to push Congress for action on lowering prescription drug prices and voting rights, this is something the Biden administration has the power to stop without needing approval from Senators Manchin or Sinema.
This insidious attack on Medicare allows these direct contracting entities to insert themselves between doctors and patients, and use our Medicare dollars to pad their profits.
Seniors value traditional Medicare because it is simple, efficient, and universal. Right now, these changes are happening at a small scale, but the program is set to expand this year unless President Biden takes action to stop it.
Tell President Biden and HHS Secretary Becerra:
End the Trump administration’s experiment with privatized Medicare immediately. Direct Contracting Entities endanger Medicare’s simple, universal promise by giving private insurers the chance to pad their pockets for providing worse care.