VERIFIED: Millions Would Lose Health Coverage Under the American Health Care Act

Mitchell ClarkMedicare Watch0 Comments

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released new estimates for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was passed earlier this month in the U.S. House and is currently under review in the U.S. Senate. The new numbers are not much different from previous estimates. CBO continues to show that under the current version of the AHCA, millions of people Read More...

Highly Trained Volunteers Expand Medicare Rights’ Reach

Alison HamburgerInside Medicare Rights0 Comments

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At the Medicare Rights Center, we count on our 60 highly trained volunteer helpline counselors to help us answer thousands of questions for people with Medicare, their families and caregivers, and the professionals who serve them. To ensure that our volunteers provide expert counseling and assistance, we provide numerous training sessions throughout the year to keep them informed and up to date about the complexities of Medicare. Read More...

Medicare Out-of-Pocket Costs Too High for Some

Casey SchwarzMedicare Watch0 Comments

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The Commonwealth Fund released a report this week examining out-of-pocket expenses for people with Medicare. Fifty-six million people—17% of the U.S. population— rely on Medicare and receive many benefits from the program, yet, Original Medicare excludes coverage for dental, vision, hearing, and long-term services, and contains no ceiling on out-of-pocket costs for covered services. As a result, beneficiaries can be exposed to high costs. Read More...

Legislation to Make Prescription Drug Pricing Transparent Reintroduced

Julie CarterMedicare Watch0 Comments

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This week, a bipartisan bill was reintroduced in Congress that aims to curb rising pharmaceutical costs through transparency. Senators John McCain of Arizona and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, along with Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, introduced the FAIR Drug Pricing Act in response to reports that prescription drug spending continues to skyrocket as pharmaceutical companies hike their prices, often multiple times a year and without warning. Read More...