New Brief on Proposals to Expand Medicare Private Contracting

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Last week, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released an issue brief on private contracting—also sometimes referred to as balance billing. The brief explains existing rules that determine what health care providers can and cannot charge their Medicare patients. It also summarizes proposals to relax these rules, allowing doctors to set any price they choose for services and to require people with Medicare to sign contracts to pay above Medicare approved amounts in order to receive care. This proposal has been in the news recently as one of its champions is Congressman Tom Price, the nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read More...

Tell Congress: Protect Our Caregivers

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You may have already called your members of Congress about plans to dismantle Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits for seniors, people with disabilities, and their families, without showing us a plan to replace it. Today is different. Today is a day especially for caregivers and the people they help to support. Read More...

Widespread Inaccuracies in Medicare Advantage Provider Directories Uncovered

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For years, Medicare Rights has encouraged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans publish provider directories that are accurate and easily available to people with Medicare. Last week, CMS announced findings from a review of 54 MA organizations showing widespread inaccuracies in MA provider directories published online. According to the review, around 45% of the provider directory locations listed in these online directories were inaccurate. Read More...

The Workgroup for People with Medicare and Medicaid Attend the Putting Care at the Center Conference

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The Medicare Rights Center’s Coalition to Protect the Rights of New York’s Dually Eligible (CPRNYDE) works to ensure that the needs of people with Medicare and Medicaid are at the center of policymaking efforts and that their voices are heard. One way we do this is through our Workgroup for People with Medicare and Medicaid. This workgroup is comprised of over thirty individuals across New York State, most of whom have long-term care needs and chronic health conditions. I recently had the privilege of attending the Putting Care at the Center Conference, the inaugural conference of the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs (National Center), along with one of our passionate and dedicated workgroup members, Ms. Hutchinson. Ms. Hutchinson and I were recipients of a grant from the National Center, and we are grateful we were able to attend the conference in Philadelphia. Read More...