Celebrating the Many Contributions of Our Volunteers

Samantha MoralesInside Medicare Rights0 Comments

At the Medicare Rights Center, our trained volunteers provide counseling on the national Consumer Helpline to over 15,000 callers each year with questions about Medicare issues. They also assist with the processing of applications for benefits that provide critical health care savings for people with Medicare on limited incomes, and they provide administrative support on various in-house projects. All together, our committed volunteers give over 8,000 hours a year of their time. Read More...

Kaiser Family Foundation Brief Highlights Decline in Employer Sponsored Retiree Health Plans

Mitchell ClarkMedicare Watch0 Comments

According to a recent issue brief by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), from 1988 to 2015 there was a considerable decrease in the number of large employers that offer retiree health coverage. In 1988, 66 percent of large employers with 200 or more employees offered retiree health benefits and just 23 percent of large employers offered these benefits in 2015. Read More...

Medicare Rights Supports Proposal to Close Loophole in Physician Self-Referral Policies

Casey SchwarzMedicare Watch0 Comments

Last week, Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center, sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden expressing support for a proposal to close a loophole in physician self-referral policies. The Ethics in Patient Referrals Act (the Act) prohibits certain types of referrals, specifically ones where the referring doctor owns or has an interest in the provider who administers the referred service. The Act includes exceptions for certain services, including those that could be provided by a physician while the patient is present for the initial visit to aid in diagnosis and minimize delays. Read More...

Training and Advancement Opportunities for Nursing Assistants Would Improve Quality of Care

Matthew OzgaGuest Posts0 Comments

Central to any good job is the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop one’s skill set. Unfortunately, in America’s nursing homes, too many jobs aren’t good jobs; they offer poverty-level wages, inadequate benefits, and little opportunity for advancement. Attracting and retaining quality workers to nursing homes requires improving entry-level positions, but also providing meaningful opportunities to graduate to advanced roles, with enhanced responsibility and higher wages. Unfortunately, in the vast majority of nursing homes, those opportunities simply aren’t there. Read More...