Medicare Rights Responds to MedPAC Recommendations on Part D

Casey SchwarzMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

Last week, Medicare Rights wrote to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) responding to three proposals under consideration by MedPAC to alter the Part D prescription drug program. Established in 1997, MedPAC is an independent federal body made up of 17 members with diverse expertise in the financing and delivery of health care services. MedPAC regularly makes recommendations to Congress regarding the administration of the Medicare program. Read More...

Interactive Tool Shows Geographic Disparities in Chronic Diseases Among People with Medicare

Mitchell ClarkMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an interactive map to help pinpoint disparities in health outcomes, utilization of health services, and health care spending by race and ethnicity based on geographic locations. Specifically, the tool shows disparities in chronic diseases among Medicare beneficiaries, spotlighting differences according to geography, age, sex, and race and ethnicity. Read More...

Affordable Care Act After Six Years: Medicare is Stronger and 20 Million More Are Insured

Stacy SandersIn the Know, Medicare WatchLeave a Comment

Six years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. Through new health insurance Marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid, 20 million uninsured Americans have gained health coverage since 2010. Alongside these historic reductions in the number of uninsured, the ACA also made many important improvements to Medicare. On this sixth anniversary of the ACA, we reflect on three key ways the ACA strengthened Medicare. Read More...

Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Profile of Medicare Beneficiaries by Race and Ethnicity

Mitchell ClarkMedicare Watch1 Comment

According to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) highlighting the racial and ethnic backgrounds of people with Medicare, one-fifth of older Americans ages 65 and older are people of color, including 9 percent who identify as black, 7 percent as Hispanic, and 4 percent as Asian. Medicare plays a vital role in providing health coverage for the nation’s older and disabled populations. Read More...