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Provide Medicare Coverage for More Home Health and Long-term Care Services

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, only in […]

June 1st, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Expand and Improve Coverage|

Strengthen Non-Medicare Home and Community-Based Services

Because Medicare generally does not cover many home and community-based services (HCBS) and long-term services and supports (LTSS), older adults and people with disabilities rely on a constellation of other […]

May 30th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Expand and Improve Coverage|

Support Family Caregivers and Strengthen the Health Care Workforce

The nation’s fragmented LTSS system means that people with Medicare who desire to age in the community often largely rely on unpaid family caregivers and undervalued home care workers to […]

May 29th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Expand and Improve Coverage|

Address the Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and […]

May 28th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Expand and Improve Coverage|

Cover Oral Health Care

Despite the wealth of evidence that oral health is related to physical health, Medicare excludes routine dental care from coverage. While some Medicare Advantage plans may offer dental benefits, this […]

May 27th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Expand and Improve Coverage|

Cover Vision and Hearing Care

Lack of hearing coverage can increase the risk of dementia and contribute to social isolation, which can in turn heighten one’s risk for depression and chronic illness. Similarly, uncorrected vision […]

May 26th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Expand and Improve Coverage|

Provide Mental Health Parity in Medicare

Medicare is not fully subject to the federal law requiring equivalent coverage for mental and physical health conditions. As a result, unequal treatment remains. For instance, Medicare caps coverage for […]

May 25th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Expand and Improve Coverage|

Expand Access to Telehealth

When thoughtfully designed and carefully implemented, telehealth can facilitate cost-effective care delivery. While administrative and legislative telehealth expansions tend to focus on increasing access within Medicare Advantage, we encourage policymakers […]

May 24th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Expand and Improve Coverage|

Prohibit Medicare Advantage Plans from Dropping Doctors Mid-year without Cause

Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage (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 […]

May 17th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Expand and Improve Coverage|