Medicare Rights Responds to MedPAC Recommendations on Part D

Casey SchwarzMedicare Watch0 Comments

Last week, Medicare Rights wrote to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) responding to three proposals under consideration by MedPAC to alter the Part D prescription drug program. Established in 1997, MedPAC is an independent federal body made up of 17 members with diverse expertise in the financing and delivery of health care services. MedPAC regularly makes recommendations to Congress regarding the administration of the Medicare program. Read More...

Interactive Tool Shows Geographic Disparities in Chronic Diseases Among People with Medicare

Mitchell ClarkMedicare Watch0 Comments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an interactive map to help pinpoint disparities in health outcomes, utilization of health services, and health care spending by race and ethnicity based on geographic locations. Specifically, the tool shows disparities in chronic diseases among Medicare beneficiaries, spotlighting differences according to geography, age, sex, and race and ethnicity. Read More...

Affordable Care Act After Six Years: Medicare is Stronger and 20 Million More Are Insured

Stacy SandersIn the Know, Medicare Watch0 Comments

Six years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. Through new health insurance Marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid, 20 million uninsured Americans have gained health coverage since 2010. Alongside these historic reductions in the number of uninsured, the ACA also made many important improvements to Medicare. On this sixth anniversary of the ACA, we reflect on three key ways the ACA strengthened Medicare. Read More...

Health Care Delivery System Reform Explained

Mitchell ClarkIn the Know0 Comments

What is delivery system reform? This new three-minute video from the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) demystifies delivery system reform and explains how a move toward patient-centered care in a system that rewards quality over quantity of care is making health care work for everyone. Read More...

Does Medicare cover cataract surgery?

Emily WhicheloeDear Marci0 Comments

Medicare generally does not pay for vision care, but it will cover certain medically necessary services, such as cataract surgery. If you have Original Medicare, these services are covered under Part B, which covers outpatient services. Medicare Advantage Plans cover the same services as Original Medicare, but may have different costs and conditions. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, contact a plan representative to learn about how the plan covers cataract surgery. Read More...