Many members of traditional Medicare plans oppose the idea of cutting the Medicare Advantage budget to protect Medicare physician reimbursement rates.

About 71% of Medicare Advantage plan members oppose Medicare Advantage plan funding reductions, and only 12% support the cuts, according to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Washington.

When a polling firm commissioned by AHIP asked traditional Medicare plan members the same question, only 14% said they support Medicare Advantage cuts. Another 46% said they oppose the proposed cuts, and 40% said they did not know.

The polling firm surveyed 400 Medicare Advantage plan members and 401 traditional plan members earlier this month.

AHIP commissioned the survey because Congress is trying to hold down Medicare spending and come up with the money to avoid cuts in the amount that the Medicare program pays to physicians.

The cuts are scheduled to take effect July 1.

About 50% of the Medicare Advantage plan members and 52% of the traditional Medicare plan members oppose cuts in physician payments, AHIP reports.