Policy Priorities

The Medicare Rights Center’s national and state policy agendas are defined by our experience serving people with Medicare on our national helpline and through our educational programs. Read our collection of reports, fact sheets and letters to learn more about our policy positions.

Medicare Trends and Recommendations 2013

An Analysis of 2013 Call Data from the Medicare Rights Center’s National Helpline
In 2013, the Medicare Rights Center’s (Medicare Rights) national helpline fielded more than 15,000 questions from Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and professionals across the […]

Medicare Part B Enrollment: Pitfalls, Problems and Penalties

Recommendations to Improve the Medicare Enrollment System for Consumers

An often-reported fact is that 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 and become Medicare-eligible each day. Less well known, and commonly misunderstood, are the rules concerning how to […]

Medicare Snapshot: Stories from the Helpline

A Costly Mistake: Missing Part B Enrollment

An often-reported fact is that 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 and becoming Medicare-eligible each day. Less well known, and commonly misunderstood, are the rules concerning how to enroll in […]

Response to House legislative package to repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula (H.R. 2)

On behalf of the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights), I am writing to express our concern with the House leadership’s legislative package to repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula (H.R. 2). Medicare […]

Sign-on Letter: Draft 2016 Part C and Part D Call Letter

The undersigned organizations are pleased to submit comments on the draft 2016 Part C and Part D call letter, specifically focused on the agency’s proposals concerning Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D appeals. Our organizations […]

Medicare Rights Feedback on CMS 2016 Part C and Part D Call Letter

The Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) is pleased to submit feedback on the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2016 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment […]

Health Reform and Medicare: The Doughnut Hole in 2015

The Affordable Care Act closes the Part D doughnut hole—the gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage—by gradually reducing the consumer’s share of drug costs over a period of ten years. In 2015, you get a […]