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Expand coverage for long-term services and supports

Medicare (including Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage) does not cover many long-term services and supports. And it covers help with activities of daily living, like eating and bathing, […]

June 7th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Modernize Benefits|

Add a standard Medicare out-of-pocket maximum for beneficiary cost sharing

Original Medicare altogether lacks an out-of-pocket maximum to protect beneficiaries from catastrophic health care costs. The federal government does require Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to include an out-of-pocket […]

June 6th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Modernize Benefits|

Allow open enrollment in Medigap for all people with Medicare

Beneficiaries are entitled to select a Medicare Advantage plan every year during the annual enrollment period, but most are only guaranteed the right to enroll in a […]

Consolidate and standardize Medicare Advantage and Part D plans

Selecting an MA or Part D plan is a daunting task for most people with Medicare. There are simply too many plan choices and too many variables to […]

Provide a federal notice for everyone approaching Medicare eligibility

No federal agency provides notification about Medicare eligibility to individuals not yet collecting Social Security benefits—meaning those not automatically enrolled in Medicare are not informed about enrollment rules […]

Close the Part D doughnut hole sooner

The Affordable Care Act took a historic step toward making prescription drugs more affordable by closing the Part D prescription drug coverage gap (or doughnut hole). Until 2010, […]

June 2nd, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Strengthen Part D|

Eliminate (or ease) the asset test for Medicare low-income assistance programs

Eligible low-income Medicare beneficiaries can benefit from government assistance to pay for premiums and cost-sharing. Unfortunately, these programs (Medicare Savings Programs) have very low asset thresholds, making health […]

June 1st, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability|

Ease and align income tests for Medicare low-income assistance programs

The existence of multiple programs to help beneficiaries pay for Medicare premiums and cost-sharing is vitally important to the most vulnerable people with Medicare. These varied programs (Medicare […]

May 30th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability|

Improve and streamline the application process for Medicare low-income assistance programs

Beneficiaries must navigate multiple state and federal agencies to apply for low-income assistance programs (Medicare Savings Programs and Part D’s Extra Help) to help afford Medicare premiums and […]

May 29th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability|

Integrate Medicare low-income assistance applications in state Marketplaces

The vision behind the Affordable Care Act was to create one-stop shopping for consumers—regardless of the health insurance they are eligible for, either in the private Marketplace or […]

May 28th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Streamline Enrollment|