In Memoriam: Cathy McElroy

Deane BeebeInside Medicare RightsLeave a Comment

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Cathy McElroy, our dedicated colleague and friend who worked tirelessly to further the Medicare Rights Center’s mission. As Vice President of Operations for two decades, Cathy’s talents, compassion, and grace have been critical to our organization’s success. She touched the lives of those in the Medicare Rights community and many beyond it and will be forever missed. Read More...

Electronic Health Records Can Be Useful for Patients, but Concerns Remain

Julie CarterMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) allow providers and hospitals to input information about a patient’s health, diagnoses, and treatments into a computer system. These records can, when used correctly, help physicians keep track of patient histories and preferences and improve quality of care. They also give patients more access to their own data, increasing their ability to seek second opinions, better understand their health issues, and make corrections where needed. The use of EHRs has exploded in recent years, with 9% of hospitals using them in 2008 and 96% today. Read More...

National Cross-Sector Coalition Calls for Federal Solutions to Stem Rising Prescription Costs

Medicare Rights CenterMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

Today, 12 organizations representing health care consumers, labor unions and health care providers, formally launched the Coalition for Fair Drug Prices. The diversity of groups is historically symbolic, and demonstrates a collective desire to hold policymakers accountable for reining in high and rising prescription drug prices. Read More...

Lack of Dental Coverage has Real Costs and Consequences for People with Medicare

Julie CarterMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

This week, the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released an issue brief examining the issue of oral health for people on Medicare. It describes the consequences of foregoing dental care, current sources of dental coverage, use of dental services, and related out-of-pocket spending. Despite the evidence that oral health is related to physical health, Original Medicare does not cover most dental care needs. While some Medicare Advantage plans may offer dental benefits, this coverage is often limited, and its availability can vary considerably across plans. As a result, many people with Medicare often lack adequate oral health coverage, which exposes them to serious health complications and high out-of-pocket spending. Read More...

President’s Budget Targets Key Health Care Programs

Joe Baker and Judith SteinMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

The President’s annual budget request is a statement of values. It is incredibly troubling then, that President Trump’s budget blueprint for FY 2020, submitted this week, again prioritizes deep cuts to programs on which older adults and people with disabilities rely, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. Read More...