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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 […]

Consolidate and standardize Medicare Advantage and Part D plans

Selecting an MA or Part D plan is a daunting task for most people with Medicare. There are simply too many plan choices and too many variables to […]

Provide a federal notice for everyone approaching Medicare eligibility

No federal agency provides notification about Medicare eligibility to individuals not yet collecting Social Security benefits—meaning those not automatically enrolled in Medicare are not informed about enrollment rules […]

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|

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|

Reduce or eliminate the Part B lifetime late enrollment penalty

Erroneously delaying Medicare enrollment can have lifetime consequences—currently, a lifetime premium penalty of 10 percent is levied for every year a person should have been enrolled in Medicare […]

May 20th, 2015|Categories: 50 Medicare Wishes, Increase Affordability, Streamline Enrollment|

Prohibit Medicare Advantage plans from dropping doctors mid-year without cause

Beneficiaries enrolled in 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 […]