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How Medicaid Per Capita Caps Would Affect Low-Income People with Medicare

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) recently released an issue brief highlighting what a Medicaid per capita cap could mean for people with Medicare who have low incomes. Through the American Health Care Act, some policymakers propose capping what the federal government pays for Medicaid benefits—effectively undermining the program’s basic promise and guarantee.

State-Specific Fact Sheets Show How the American Health Care Act Harms Older Adults

With renewed interest by the White House and some members of Congress to bring the American Health Care Act back for a vote, advocates are working to inform people nationwide about the harmful effects of the proposed legislation.

The American Health Care Act would leave many older adults without health coverage, making it harder for them to afford the care they need. The Medicare Rights Center, along with Community Catalyst, AFSCME, and seven other organizations, compiled fact sheets to be used in states across the country. The fact sheets include useful information about what passage of the American Health Care Act mean for family members, friends, and neighbors in local communities.

Video: When to Enroll in Medicare

If you are eligible for Medicare, but not currently receiving Social Security retirement benefits or railroad retirement benefits, there are three different time periods during which you can enroll in Medicare Parts A and B. In the video above we explain when to enroll in Medicare based on your eligibility and what you should do if you miss your enrollment window.

House Leaders Back Away from the American Health Care Act—Fail to Bring Bill Up for a Vote

Last week, on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives planned to hold a vote on legislation to repeal the ACA and affect the health care of tens of millions of Americans. Called the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the proposed law would have erased health coverage for 24 million people, according to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates.

Persistent Challenges for People with Medicare Identified in New Medicare Rights Center Report

Today, the Medicare Rights Center released its annual helpline trends report, which outlines persistent challenges facing people with Medicare heard through thousands of calls to its national consumer helpline.

The report, Medicare Trends and Recommendations: An Analysis of 2015 Call Data from the Medicare Rights Center’s National Helpline, highlights the leading issues heard on Medicare Rights’ helpline. Each issue is demonstrated through consumer stories and accompanied by policy solutions, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), state agencies, insurers, elected officials, and others can pursue to improve the Medicare program for the more than 55 million people it serves.

Learning Medicare Is Easier Than Ever with Medicare Interactive Pro

The Medicare Rights Center recently announced the launch of the new-and-improved Medicare Interactive Pro (MI Pro), a comprehensive online curriculum designed to empower any professional to help their clients, patients, employees, retirees, and others navigate their Medicare coverage to access affordable health care.

Balance Billing Would Allow Doctors to Bill Whatever They Choose

As policymakers continue to debate the future of our country’s health care system, some policymakers endorse proposals to give Medicare providers the right to charge seniors and people with disabilities more for their care through balance billing or private contracting. Under these plans, Medicare providers could require patients to negotiate a contract for the cost of their care, and people with Medicare would have additional payments on top of their premiums, copayments, and coinsurance. Unless they successfully negotiate otherwise, patients would also be responsible for filing the Medicare claim.

Medicare Commits to a New Ombudsman Program

In December, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a demonstration program that will test new ways for Medicare to pay hospitals that perform heart or hip surgeries. Under the new model, Medicare will pay participating hospitals one payment, known as a “bundled payment,” for a person’s hospital stay and the 90 days following a heart attack, cardiac bypass surgery, or surgical hip treatment. The hospital stay and 90-day post-stay period together are known as an “episode of care.” As part of this demonstration, CMS announced the creation of an ombudsman to serve people with Medicare in this model and other similar programs—a move applauded by Medicare Rights.