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2015 Medicare Drug Savings Act Letter of Support to U.S. Senate

Dear Senator Nelson:

On behalf of the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights), I am writing to endorse the Medicare Drug Savings Act. Through our national helpline and educational programming, Medicare Rights […]

April 30th, 2015|Categories: Strengthening Benefits|Tags: |

Provide Medicare coverage for continuous glucose monitors

Medicare does not currently cover monitoring devices for people with diabetes whose blood sugar can rapidly change. Many Medicare beneficiaries and family caregivers contact Medicare Rights about the […]

April 29th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Modernize Benefits|

Eliminate beneficiary coinsurance for care coordination services not received in person

Adequate payment of providers for non-in-person care coordination services, like conversations with other treating doctors, assistance setting up appointments, and monitoring communications, is essential. The federal government recently […]

April 28th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability|

Create an appeals process for beneficiaries in hospice care

Currently, beneficiaries receiving Medicare-covered hospice care do not have any recourse if they disagree with a determination made by their hospice provider, like the determination that a particular […]

April 27th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Simplify Appeals|

Allow peer-reviewed literature to support medically-accepted indications for Part D prescription drugs

Medicare has two standards for determining when a medication is covered. One standard, requiring strong evidence in peer-reviewed literature, is used for prescription drugs covered under Part B […]

April 26th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Modernize Benefits|

Require all states to enter Part A buy-in agreements

Part A buy-in agreements are contracts between state Medicaid offices and the Social Security Administration that allow eligible individuals with very low incomes and limited assets to enroll […]

April 25th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Streamline Enrollment|

Enhance beneficiary education on quality and star ratings scores across all parts of Medicare

The star ratings programs are becoming an important tool to help Medicare beneficiaries identify high quality (and low quality) Medicare private health plans, nursing homes, hospitals, and more. […]

Increase federal funding for State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs)

SHIPs provide in-depth, one-on-one counseling to seniors and disabilities about how to navigate Medicare. SHIPs play a critical role in ensuring that beneficiaries make informed decisions about their […]

April 23rd, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Enhance Education and Choice|

Restore Medicare prescription drug rebates

When the Medicare Part D drug benefit was created, the federal government lost important discounts from pharmaceutical makers for prescription drugs made available for low-income beneficiaries. At a […]

April 22nd, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Strengthen Part D|

Allow Medicare to negotiate Part D prices—especially for high-cost, specialty drugs

Unlike state Medicaid programs and the Veteran’s Administration, Medicare is prohibited from negotiating the price of prescription drugs directly with pharmaceutical makers. This prohibition is becoming increasingly problematic […]

April 21st, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Strengthen Part D|