Medicare Rights Comments on Proposed Changes to MA and Part D in 2018

Julie CarterMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

This week, the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2018 Advance Rate Notice and Draft Call Letter (2018 Call Letter). CMS announces proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D programs through a yearly call letter, and every year Medicare Rights provides feedback to the agency on proposals we support and where we have concerns. Read More...

Relief Opportunity Announced for Marketplace Enrollees Who Need Medicare

Stacy SandersMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a time-limited opportunity allowing Medicare-eligible people who were or are currently enrolled in the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplaces to enroll in Medicare Part B and to be relieved of any associated late enrollment penalties. This chance to request equitable relief is welcome news for Marketplace enrollees who wrongly delayed or declined Medicare Part B enrollment. The relief may include retroactive or immediate Medicare Part B enrollment and a reduction in or elimination of Medicare Part B late enrollment penalties. People who were or are enrolled in Marketplace coverage and who are entitled to premium-free Medicare Part A can apply for this relief through September 2017. Read More...

Medicare Rights Tells Congress: We Cannot Support the American Health Care Act

Stacy SandersMedicare WatchLeave a Comment

Earlier this week, Congressional Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Only two day later, the bill was debated and voted on by the House Committees on Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means. In response, Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights), sent a letter to the Committee leadership explaining why Medicare Rights cannot support the legislation or the process behind it. Read More...

Ensuring Access to Affordable Health Care for the Most Vulnerable

Alison HamburgerInside Medicare RightsLeave a Comment

Ms. D was 108 years old when a community-based organization contacted the Medicare Rights Center on her behalf. Although she was eligible for low-income benefit programs that help pay Medicare coverage costs, she had never been enrolled in any. Last year, Medicare Rights helped Ms. D, and nearly 1,000 others with limited incomes and resources in New York alone, enroll Read More...