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Letter of Support for DME Competitive Bidding Program

Re: “Hearing on Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing Moratoria and Expanding Access”

Dear Chairman Brady and Ranking Member McDermott:

On behalf of the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights), I am writing to […]

May 19th, 2015|Categories: Sustaining Medicare's Future|Tags: |

Require Part D coverage determinations at the pharmacy counter

After being refused a prescribed medication at the pharmacy, a beneficiary must formally request coverage from their Part D plan before the appeals process can even begin. In […]

May 18th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Simplify Appeals, Strengthen Part D|

Allow appeals on the Part D specialty tier

When medically necessary, people with Part D have the right to request that their plan allow them to pay less for high-cost medications when a similar, lower-cost medicine […]

Add Part D to an integrated appeals process for Medicare-Medicaid managed care plans

In some states that are testing new care coordination models for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, the federal government is allowing the state and health plan to […]

May 16th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Simplify Appeals, Strengthen Part D|

End passive enrollment for Medicare-Medicaid managed care plans

Ongoing demonstration programs to test new models of care for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are allowing private health plans to passively enroll beneficiaries. This means low-income, […]

May 15th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Enhance Education and Choice|

Create a publicly-administered Part D benefit

The Medicare prescription drug program is operated solely by private health plans. Adding a public drug benefit to the Part D program would diminish confusion among beneficiaries who […]

Eliminate the two-year Medicare waiting period for people with disabilities

In 1972, Congress granted Medicare benefits to people receiving Social Security disability benefits. This historic step forward was marred by an arbitrary limit, requiring that people with disabilities […]

May 13th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Modernize Benefits|

Prohibit Medicare Advantage plans from dropping doctors mid-year without cause

Beneficiaries enrolled in MA plans should be able to count on stability in their plan networks and the knowledge that their doctors will be there when they need […]

Incorporate Medicare Advantage (MA) provider network information in the Plan Finder tool

Information about which health care providers are in network and out of network is vital for helping beneficiaries make smart decisions about their coverage. Yet this critical information […]

Create an individually tailored Annual Notice of Change for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans

Annual changes to MA and Part D plan coverage rules, cost-sharing amounts, and provider networks are commonplace. At the same time, comparing and contrasting plan options during the […]