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Monthly Archives: June 2021

Drugs With Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Make up More Than Half of the Total Amount Spent on Prescriptions by Medicare and People with Medicare

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that of the $560 billion that Medicare and people with Medicare spent on prescription drugs from 2016-2018, more than half was spent on drugs that were advertised. The report also looked at what types of medications were advertised most often and found that two-thirds […]

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President Biden Releases FY22 Budget Proposal

Last week, President Biden submitted his first budget request to Congress. The White House plan includes legislative proposals and detailed funding recommendations for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), which begins on October 1. Though not binding on Congress, the president’s annual budget request is an important policy document that outlines the administration’s […]

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Resolving Complex Medicare Problems

Helpline counselors answer thousands of questions each year on Medicare Rights’ free national helpline, and some Medicare questions require more than one call to resolve. Staff and volunteers work to empower helpline clients with comprehensive counseling and educational materials; when they hear from callers with more complex problems, they refer […]

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