On May 17, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing on Medicare Advantage. The heading, entitled “Examining Health Care Denials and Delays in Medicare Advantage,” featured the widow of a Medicare Advantage enrollee and witnesses from the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, and others.
The hearing followed extensive press coverage on the practice of Medicare Advantage plans routinely denying or delaying care based on proprietary algorithms. During the hearing, the committee heard testimony from Gloria Bent, the widow of a Medicare Advantage enrollee who died after he was denied the services his neurosurgeon recommended. Committee members questioned the witnesses about oversight practices in Medicare Advantage, as well as data collection and reporting.