National Initiative Aims to Spur Health Innovation Through Consumer Engagement

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Community Catalyst recently launched an initiative, the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation (the Center) to “make our health system one that is truly people-centered.” Collaborating with partners across the country, including the Medicare Rights Center, the Center’s approach is one that “works directly with consumer advocates to increase the skills and power they have to establish an effective Read More...

Attention New Yorkers with Medicare and Medicaid: Would You Like To Share Your Experiences with the New Managed-Care Plans?

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Do you or a loved one have Medicare and Medicaid and long term care needs? If so, you may have recently experienced a change to the way you receive your coverage. The Medicare Rights Center’s Coalition to Protect the Rights of New York’s Dually Eligible (CPRNYDE) tracks changes New Yorkers with Medicare and Medicaid and long-term care experience, and we would like to hear your story. Read More...

President Signs Reauthorization of Older Americans Act

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This week, President Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), which expired in 2011. The OAA was originally signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in July 1965, and for more than 50 years, it has provided the nation with programs that allow millions of older Americans to continue living and thriving in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. Read More...

What Can I Do if I Think a Family Member Is Being Discharged from a Skilled Nursing Facility Too Soon?

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Dear Marci, My mother has Original Medicare and is currently receiving care from a skilled nursing facility. Her provider gave her a notice saying that she will be discharged soon, but she does not feel she is ready to go home. Is there any way she can stay in the skilled nursing facility and get Medicare to cover the stay? – Judy (Rockford, IL) Read More...