What Is It? An Attack on Medicare, Marketed as “Innovation”
During the Trump Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center launched a “Direct Contracting Entities” (DCEs) pilot, which has continued under the Biden Administration by a new name, ACO REACH, permitting Accountable Care Organizations — which can be insurance companies or investment firms — to be for-profit middlemen, collecting money from the federal government to reimburse primary care providers for Medicare patients. This could turn traditional Medicare primary care, and possibly other medical care, into a “Medicare Advantage”-type program. The ACO REACH program creates incentives for insurance companies and other for-profit corporations to restrict or deny access to healthcare under the guise of saving money.
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1. Ask your union / organization to sign this collective letter: tinyurl.com/Letter-Stop-DCEs
2. Contact your Congressional Representative and ask that they send Sec. Becerra a letter similar to Rep. Jayapal’s. Find a template and more info here: tinyurl.com/Congress-DCE-Letter
3. Share this flyer with other labor and civic organizations and ask that they lend their voice to help stop this insidious program before it is too late! tinyurl.com/StopACOs