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Since 1965, Medicare has ensured access to guaranteed health care benefits for older adults and people with disabilities. Today, more than 50 million Americans rely on Medicare for basic economic and health security.

Take a look below and join us in protecting Medicare and the millions of people who rely on the program.

We need your help to pass the BENES Act!

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress—the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act—would improve the Part B enrollment process. Through better notice, updated enrollment periods, and more, the BENES Act modernizes enrollment rules written when Medicare was first created more than 50 years ago. More than 70 organizations representing older adults, people with disabilities, insurers, and health care providers support the BENES Act.

Write to your members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the BENES Act and improve the Part B enrollment process for the 10,000 people aging into Medicare each day.

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Tell Congress to Preserve One-On-One Medicare Counseling

Older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers need assistance understanding the A, B, C and Ds of Medicare. Operating in every state, State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) answer questions about Medicare and help people solve problems.

Recently, the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed to eliminate SHIPs. Now, it’s up to the House Appropriations Committee to decide the fate of this essential program.

Tell your members of Congress to protect SHIPs from an unprecedented cut.

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Tell the Federal Government: Baby Boomers Need More Help with Medicare Enrollment

Stand with the Medicare Rights Center and Social Security Works in telling Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to prioritize the notification and education of adults nearing age 65. By focusing the necessary resources before individuals reach their Medicare eligibility age, we can greatly reduce late enrollment penalties and higher health care costs resulting from mismanaged transitions.

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Reform the Part D Denial and Appeal Process

Every year, the Medicare Rights Center helps thousands of individuals navigate the complicated Medicare Part D appeals process. Because the process is the equivalent of a nonsensical maze, it leaves beneficiaries confused, frustrated, and unable to adhere to prescribed treatment plans.

Join the Medicare Rights Center in calling on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to immediately implement reforms to help people with Medicare better navigate Part D denials and appeals.

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