50 Medicare Wishes

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Ease and align income tests for Medicare low-income assistance programs

The existence of multiple programs to help beneficiaries pay for Medicare premiums and cost-sharing is vitally important to the most vulnerable people with Medicare. These varied programs (Medicare […]

May 30th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability|

Improve and streamline the application process for Medicare low-income assistance programs

Beneficiaries must navigate multiple state and federal agencies to apply for low-income assistance programs (Medicare Savings Programs and Part D’s Extra Help) to help afford Medicare premiums and […]

May 29th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability|

Integrate Medicare low-income assistance applications in state Marketplaces

The vision behind the Affordable Care Act was to create one-stop shopping for consumers—regardless of the health insurance they are eligible for, either in the private Marketplace or […]

May 28th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Streamline Enrollment|

Put beneficiary needs at the center of delivery system and payment reforms

Recent legislation is fundamentally changing the way that Original Medicare pays doctors and other health care providers to deliver care. Over time, the federal government will increasingly pay […]

May 27th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Enhance Education and Choice|

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|

Eliminate coverage gaps during the Initial Enrollment Period (IEP)

Even beneficiaries who enroll in Medicare during their IEP (the seven-month period to enroll when someone is first Medicare-eligible) can face gaps in coverage. Enrollment in the last […]

May 24th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Streamline Enrollment|

Minimize coverage gaps during the General Enrollment Period (GEP)

People who do not enroll in Medicare during their Initial Enrollment Period and do not have access to a Special Enrollment Period must enroll in Medicare Part B […]

May 23rd, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Streamline Enrollment|

Align all enrollment periods for Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Part D

The fall open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D plans runs from October to December of each year, followed by an MA disenrollment period from […]

Expand 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 […]

May 21st, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Streamline Enrollment|