Every year, insurance industry lobbyists circulate letters (HERE and HERE) to members of Congress demanding their support for the so-called “Medicare Advantage” program. We urge you to reach out to your U.S. House representative and your U.S. senators this winter, request meetings, and urge them not to sign these letters (and to consider signing separate letters from Medicare champions—HERE and HERE—demanding a crackdown on corporate profiteering).
Legislative outreach toolkit
Please start by signing up for our legislative outreach campaign HERE.
- Preparing for your meeting
- Materials for participants
- Talking Points – a lightning-fast refresher on Medicare Advantage with a few focused points
- Template Meeting Agenda – start here to build your meeting agenda
- Legislative Visit Guide – from scheduling your meeting through developing an agenda and facilitation
- Recent press – a collection of relevant recent press related to Medicare Advantage
- Developing your personal story
- Materials to leave behind with legislators
- MA Summary – a printable one-pager outlining the main issues with Medicare Advantage
- Policy Primer – complete with hyperlinked literature for legislators and staff interested in a deeper dive
- Urging Support for Reforms – response to a Medicare-friendly letter circulating in Congress
- Debunking Industry Talking Points – response to an industry-friendly letter circulating in Congress
Once you meet with your legislator, make sure to let us know how it went! Fill out our quick report-back form HERE, and stay tuned for more information on legislative advocacy this spring and summer—including a proposed bill that will crack down on the worst corporate abuses in Medicare Advantage, and that will significantly improve the Traditional Medicare program.
Looking to catch up on our full legislative training sessions? Check out the recordings below!
Engaging with legislators (part one)
Engaging with legislators (part two)
Ready to take action? Sign our petition demanding Congress and President Biden protect Medicare beneficiaries by cracking down on insurance company abuses, and by significantly improving the traditional, public Medicare program. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.