Advocating in the Capital

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Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Medicare Rights President Joe Baker at a hearing featuring the bipartisan BENES Act as the solution to costly Medicare enrollment mistakes.

The Medicare Rights Center is hard at work in our nation’s capital advocating for policies that protect and strengthen Medicare for older adults and people with disabilities. We are currently working to prevent lawmakers from using the increased federal deficit that resulted from the Tax Cut bill as an excuse to cut or restructure Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. While Congress approved legislation preventing automatic cuts, there is still a gaping revenue shortfall of $1.5 trillion or more, putting these programs directly in the cross-hairs of policy-makers seeking to pay for the tax cuts. Read More...

Fall Open Enrollment on the Helpline

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This past fall, the Medicare Rights Center’s national consumer helpline staff and volunteers were hard at work assisting people with their Medicare coverage options. Fall Open Enrollment is the time of year when people with Medicare can change their coverage, and it is Medicare Rights’ busiest season. During this time—which takes place from October 15 through December 7 every year—Medicare Rights answered more than 3,000 questions for older adults and people with disabilities. Helpline counselors and staff assisted clients with reviewing their current coverage, comparing their Medicare Part D plan and Medicare Advantage plan options, and discussing the benefits of Original Medicare versus Medicare Advantage. Read More...

Medicare Rights Center’s Annual Awards Dinner

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Over 300 people attended the Medicare Rights Center’s 2017 Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on October 16. Kirk Adams, executive director of the Healthcare Education Project (HEP), was honored at the event along with HEP Co-Chairs George Gresham, president, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and Kenneth E. Raske, president, Greater New York Hospital Association. HEP is a a unique labor-management alliance that works to protect and expand access to quality, affordable health care for all New Yorkers. Nancy Richardson, a Medicare Rights helpline volunteer, was also recognized for her years of dedicated service. Read More...

Lindsey Copeland Heads Up Federal Policy Team

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Lindsey Copeland joined the Medicare Rights Center as the Federal Policy Director this past December. Based in the Washington, DC office, Lindsey is responsible for formulating, directing, and implementing Medicare Rights’ federal policy and advocacy agenda. She informs policymakers, stakeholders, and the press about the challenges facing people with Medicare, as well as the administrative and legislative solutions that Medicare Rights supports to address these issues. Read More...

Donor Spotlight: Mary-Ann Etiebet, Former Staff Member

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The Medicare Rights Center recently spoke with former staff member Mary-Ann Etiebet, M.D., who is currently the executive director at Merck for Mothers, about her time at Medicare Rights and what made her become a generous donor to the organization. Mary-Ann has more than two decades of experience improving health care outcomes for vulnerable populations, and her work began when she was hired at Medicare Rights as a health advocacy fellow in 1996, and she continued on as an education associate the following year. She remembers how Medicare Rights grew during her time there, with only five full-time staff members when she started and about a dozen when she left, as well as an increased operating budget. Read More...