Celebrating 35 years of making Medicare more accessible, affordable, and equitable!

Monthly Archives: February 2021

Thank You 2020 Donors!

The coronavirus public health emergency has created new challenges for everyone, especially older adults and people with chronic health conditions. The Medicare Rights Center has been responding to the needs of people with Medicare and their families without interruption since the pandemic began. Over the last year, thousands of people have turned […]

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Training Medicare Counselors Across the Country

On its own, the Medicare Rights Center counsels thousands of people with Medicare each year on its national helpline. Medicare Rights maximizes its impact by also providing trainings and educational resources for local Medicare counselors in all 50 states. These counselors work and volunteer for State Health Insurance Assistance Programs […]

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Client Services Meets Heavy Fall Demand

Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment Period (OEP) can be a stressful time for people with Medicare. This year, the Medicare Rights Center’s national helpline provided critical Fall OEP counseling and assistance to clients, with counselors providing all services virtually from their homes due to the coronavirus public health emergency. Between October […]

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New Report Highlights Racial and Economic Disparities in Medicare

Historically, Medicare has done significant work in reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health status and access to health care, including driving the desegregation of America’s hospital systems in the 1960s. However, as a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation demonstrates, that work remains incomplete. Not only do racial and ethnic disparities persist, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated them.

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Medicare Rights Center Asks Biden Administration to Take Swift Action on Several Urgent Policy Matters

Last week, Medicare Rights sent a sign-on letter from 50 state and national organizations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), urging the agencies to reinstate important COVID-19 related Medicare enrollment flexibilities. As previously discussed, this is necessary […]

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