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Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable

Medicare Rights supports efforts to meaningfully reduce drug prices and lower costs for both people with Medicare and the program as a whole. Potentially effective strategies include allowing […]

June 10th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Access and Affordability, Top Medicare Goals|

Allow Open Enrollment, Guaranteed Issue, and Community Rating in Medigap for All People with Medicare

Though Medigaps help a growing number of people with Original Medicare afford needed care, not everyone is eligible to buy the plans, and most are only guaranteed the […]

June 9th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Access and Affordability, Top Medicare Goals|

Add a Standard Medicare Out-Of-Pocket Maximum for Beneficiary Cost Sharing

Original Medicare and Part D have no out-of-pocket maximums, exposing beneficiaries to limitless financial risk. While Medicare Advantage (MA) plans do include an out-of-pocket maximum in their benefit […]

June 8th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Access and Affordability, Top Medicare Goals|

Eliminate the Observation Status Penalty

Medicare beneficiaries who need post-hospital care in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) may be forced to pay out-of-pocket for this care when the hospital chooses to assign them […]

June 7th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Access and Affordability, Top Medicare Goals|

Ease Access to Medicare Low-income Assistance Programs

Medicare’s low-income assistance programs (Medicare Savings Programs and Part D’s Extra Help) were established to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities afford needed medicines. But today, complex, bureaucratic application […]

June 6th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Access and Affordability, Top Medicare Goals|

Address the Medicare Part D “Cliff”

Absent congressional action, an Affordable Care Act provision slowing the growth of the Part D catastrophic coverage threshold will expire after 2019. As a result, Medicare Part D enrollees with […]

June 5th, 2015|Categories: 30 Medicare Goals, Access and Affordability, Top Medicare Goals|