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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|

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 […]

Ensure appropriate financing is available to sustain and strengthen Medicare for the future

It is critically important that Congress ensure the Medicare program is adequately financed to deliver on its promise of guaranteed access to health benefits to today’s and tomorrow’s […]

May 26th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Modernize Benefits|

Equalize payments between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans

Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal government paid MA plans $14 billion more for care provided to MA enrollees than if the same care had been provided […]

May 25th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Modernize Benefits|

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|

Enhance audit capacity and increase transparency on Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D sanctions

The federal government is currently only able to audit 10 percent (about 30 of 300) of Medicare private health plan sponsors each year. Recent audits uncovered noncompliance among […]