Attention New York Residents: Important Information About Managed Long-Term Care Plans

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Are you, your loved one, or someone you know enrolled in a Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) Plan? If you live in New York State, receive more than 120 days of long term care per year, and have Medicare and Medicaid you most likely are a member of an MLTC plan. If you are not enrolled in an MLTC plan and need long term care services, please read our blog about enrolling in long-term care plans. Before you can enroll in an MLTC plan, you need to be assessed by a nurse. Read More...

Medicare Rights Center Praises Consumer Protections Embedded in Part D Program to Prevent Prescription Drug Overuse

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Among many measures in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, signed into law last week by President Obama, was a Part D “lock-in” program intended to prevent people with Medicare from misusing certain prescription drugs. The Medicare Rights Center played a pivotal role in shaping the program’s consumer safeguards along with its national partners. Read More...

Medicare Rights Brings Consumer Perspective to HHS Roundtable on Bundled Payments

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This week, Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center, joined the honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for a roundtable discussion on how bundled payments can further ongoing efforts to transition Medicare from a volume-based payment system to one that reimburses for care coordination, quality, and innovation. Bundled payments are a reimbursement mechanism for the treatment of patients with specific conditions. Read More...

BENES Act Clarifies and Improves Medicare Enrollment

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The Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act is bipartisan legislation to modernize the Part B enrollment process recently introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Developed by the Medicare Rights Center and championed by Congressmen Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) as well as Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the bill aims to prevent costly Part B enrollment mistakes. Read More...