House Committee Approves Sense of Congress Resolution to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

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This week, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky led an amendment “Sense of Congress” resolution identifying the cost of prescription drugs as a national problem and calling on the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to engage with the House of Representatives and the Senate to take administrative actions and enact legislative changes to lower the cost of prescription drugs for consumers and reduce the burden of that cost on taxpayers in a way that will balance the need to encourage innovation with the need to increase affordability. The sense-of-Congress amendment was successfully adopted during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce marking up pending, bipartisan legislation earlier this week. Read More...

IMPORTANT: Tell Your Senators to Abandon the American Health Care Act

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Senate leaders are reportedly rushing forward to vote on a secret health plan, and they’re starting with the policies in the American Health Care Act, a destructive bill passed by the House of Representatives last month. Stand with the American people, who overwhelmingly reject the policies in the American Health Care Act. Tell your Senator to abandon the bill once and for all. Read More...

BENES Act Reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives

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Congressmen Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA.) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) recently reintroduced the bipartisan Beneficiary Enrollment Notice and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act (H.R. 2575)—an act applauded by Medicare Rights. The BENES Act simplifies Part B enrollment periods and requires the federal government to provide advance notification to people approaching Medicare eligibility about enrollment rules and how Medicare works with other coverage. Read More...

Commonwealth Fund Explains Who Benefits from Health Savings Accounts

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Many recent pieces of proposed legislation, including the American Health Care Act (H.R.1628), would extend the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), a tax-free account that can be used to pay for specific medical expenses. But are HSAs equally valuable to people across all economic levels? The Commonwealth Fund tackles this question by looking at what HSAs are, how they work, who uses them, and who benefits if their use increases. Read More...

Medicare Rights Serves New York Communities with Expert Medicare Presentations

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With an estimated 10,000 people aging into Medicare every day— and more than 56 million currently enrolled in the program—the need for clear, accurate, and accessible Medicare information grows unabated. The Medicare Rights Center works diligently to address this need nationally through its counseling, education, and advocacy programs, and especially serves the communities surrounding its home base in New York City with dozens of Medicare presentations each year. Read More...