Less Than One Third of People New to Medicare Choose Medicare Advantage

Julie CarterMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released new findings about what coverage new Medicare enrollees choose. This information is important for understanding what beneficiaries want from their coverage and how best to serve people with Medicare where they are. When people first become eligible for Medicare, either upon turning 65 or because they have a disability that makes them eligible, they Read More...

Medicare Rights Lists 30 Policy Goals for Medicare’s Future

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This June, the Medicare Rights Center celebrates 30 years of getting Medicare right. Our policy goals are informed by 30 years of serving people with Medicare on our national helpline and through our educational programs. This anniversary represents an important opportunity to look forward and explore how policymakers can make the Medicare program even better. Read More...

Payment Glitch Interrupts Automatic Medicare Advantage and Part D Premium Withdrawals

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Earlier this year, a federal government systems issue prevented Medicare Advantage and Part D premiums from being automatically deducted from the Social Security payments of some people with Medicare. Normally, if a beneficiary elects, Social Security deducts the premiums and sends them directly to the plan. In this instance, the payments were not sent to the plans, and beneficiaries did not know that their plans were not receiving them. Read More...

Medicare Rights Testifies About Expiring Medicare Programs

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On June 4, Medicare Rights Center President Fred Riccardi testified at a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health titled “Investing in America’s Health Care.” The hearing examined an array of public health initiatives set to expire in September. Riccardi spoke to several of the Medicare-related programs, urging Congress to address these expirations in a health care “extenders” legislative package later this year. Read More...

Spending and Prescribing Patterns Across Medicare, Medicaid, and Large Employer Drug Coverage

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Drug prices have been in the news lately, and a timely analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation gives valuable insight into prescription drug spending across large employer plans, Medicaid, and Medicare Part D. By understanding spending and prescribing patterns across these payers, policymakers can make better decisions about lowering the cost of medications for consumers. Read More...