Medicare Rights Applauds the Introduction of the Bipartisan BENES Act

Mitchell ClarkMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

While most people newly eligible for Medicare are automatically enrolled in Part B—because they are collecting Social Security retirement benefits at age 65—a growing number are not, as they are working later in life and deferring their Social Security benefits. Unlike those who are auto-enrolled in Part B, these individuals must make an active Medicare enrollment choice, taking into consideration specific timelines and existing coverage. Read More...

Lowering Rx Prices Top Priority for Medicare Rights

Anna SzilagyiInside Medicare RightsLeave a Comment

Every day on the National Consumer Helpline, Medicare Rights hears from older adults and people with disabilities who are struggling to cover their drug costs. As the population ages and drug prices continue to rise, Medicare Rights is concerned an ever-growing number of benefi ciaries will face affordability challenges. Accordingly, lowering prescription drug prices while protecting benefi ciary access to Read More...

CMS Maintains Important Changes in Draft 2020 Medicare & You Handbook

Julie CarterMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that oversees the Medicare program, released a draft version of the annual “Medicare & You” handbook that contained several glaring inaccuracies. In a significant advocacy success, Medicare Rights and our allies convinced CMS to correct these major errors and release a final 2019 handbook that was greatly improved. Read More...

Medicare is Strong and Built to Last

Lindsey CopelandMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

The Medicare Trustee’s report underscores what we already know: Medicare is strong and built to last. We urge lawmakers to pursue commonsense reforms—like reversing the tax bill’s troubling trajectory, reigning in high prescription drug prices, and eliminating Medicare Advantage overpayments—to ensure it stays that way. Read More...