Address Enrollment Pitfalls

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Pass the BENES Act

Complex Medicare enrollment rules and lack of notification cause tens of thousands of older adults and people with disabilities to face lifetime penalties, coverage gaps, and other harmful consequences. The […]

May 23rd, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Address Enrollment Pitfalls|

Expand Special Enrollment Period (SEP) Rights

More people new to Medicare should have access to a Special Enrollment Period (SEP), allowing them to more easily enroll in Medicare after their existing coverage ends. Currently, federal law […]

May 22nd, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Address Enrollment Pitfalls|

Strengthen Equitable Relief

Limited avenues for relief are available to those who make mistakes when enrolling in Medicare. Specifically, beneficiaries facing lifetime penalties and gaps in coverage can only remedy their situation if […]

May 21st, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Address Enrollment Pitfalls|

Reduce or Eliminate the Part B Lifetime Late Enrollment Penalty

Erroneously delaying Medicare Part B can have significant consequences—including a lifetime premium penalty. Designed to encourage enrollment when first eligible, this late enrollment penalty is also imposed on those who […]

May 20th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Address Enrollment Pitfalls|

Consolidate and Standardize Medicare Advantage and Part D Plans

Selecting a Medicare Advantage (MA) or Part D plan is a daunting task for many. Alarmingly, only 13 percent of Medicare beneficiaries opt to reevaluate their coverage options year to […]

May 19th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Address Enrollment Pitfalls|

Improve Decision-Making Tools

Policymakers must ensure that people with Medicare have access to accurate, actionable, personalized information they need to make optimal coverage decisions, both initially and annually. This includes improving Medicare Plan […]

May 18th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Address Enrollment Pitfalls|

Adequately Fund Medicare Outreach Programs

Medicare State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselors—most of whom are highly-trained volunteers—provide one-on-one, unbiased, personalized counseling to Medicare beneficiaries, helping them understand their rights and coverage options. And through the […]

May 16th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Address Enrollment Pitfalls|