Last week, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released her much-anticipated drug pricing plan, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (H.R. 3). Top Democrats on the three committees of jurisdiction introduced the legislation—Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Energy & Commerce; Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), Ways & Means; and Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Education & Labor.
Last week, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), along with Representatives. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced legislation to improve the health and economic security of people with disabilities—the Stop the Wait Act (S. 2496, H.R. 4386).
In a letter sent this week to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, we applauded the agency’s efforts to update the Medicare Plan Finder but also urged CMS to make additional improvements to the tool prior to the upcoming Fall Open Enrollment period which begins on October 15.
The bipartisan Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act (S. 1280/H.R. 2477) is urgently needed to modernize and streamline the Medicare Part B enrollment process. Passage this year presents an important opportunity for members of Congress to advance commonsense, low-cost reforms that are in the best interest of millions of current and future Medicare beneficiaries.
I volunteer at a local senior center and I have Medicare myself. With Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment coming up, I know that Medicare plans will be advertising. What rules do these plans have to follow? What should we do if plans break these rules?
-Cindy (Bridgeport, CT)
New polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) explores the experiences of adults ages 65 and older with prescription medications, as well as their views on several policy options currently under discussion. The data confirm that prescription drug affordability continues to be a top concern. While most older adults have […]
Justice in Aging, Medicare Rights Center, Center for Medicare Advocacy and the National Council on Aging recently sent a joint letter to Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), urging the agency to address concerns regarding changes to the Medicare Plan Finder (MPF) tool and […]