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Response to Senate Finance Committee’s Request for Input on Chronic Care Policies

Dear Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden, Senator Isakson, and Senator Warner:

On behalf of the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights), I am writing to provide input on the Senate Finance Committee […]

June 24th, 2015|Categories: Strengthening Benefits|Tags: |

Add a dental benefit

Medicare Rights routinely hears the same question from beneficiaries and family caregivers—does Medicare cover dental? In most cases, the answer is no. Some Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have […]

June 10th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Modernize Benefits|

Make Medicare more affordable

Half of all people with Medicare—over 25 million seniors and people with disabilities—live on annual incomes of $23,500 or less. All too often, Medicare Rights counsels beneficiaries who […]

June 9th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability|

Cover vision and hearing care

Medicare will not cover care for vision or hearing needs, such as a visit to the optometrist or hearing aids. Like with dental, some Medicare Advantage plans offer […]

June 8th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Modernize Benefits|

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|