Washington DC—The Medicare Rights Center applauds the publication of final rules implementing key provisions of the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act.
Signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, these landmark policies update Medicare enrollment for the first time in over 50 years to streamline access to care.
A long-time priority for Medicare Rights, the bipartisan BENES Act was introduced in the 116th Congress by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Todd Young (R-IN) and by Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Brad Schneider (D-IL), and the late Jackie Walorski (R-IN).
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed rules in April. Medicare Rights applauds CMS for meaningfully considering and incorporating stakeholder feedback. The agency’s revisions will ensure more people can experience timely Medicare coverage and enrollments.
“Thanks to the BENES Act final rules, millions of Americans will be able to more easily connect with their earned Medicare benefits,” said Medicare Rights Center President Fred Riccardi. “We are profoundly grateful to the bill’s champions and supporters for their unwavering, years-long commitment to these vital Medicare improvements.”
The rules modernize Medicare in several important ways:
The Medicare Rights Center welcomes these and other changes in the final rule that will strengthen beneficiary health and economic security. We look forward to working with our partners and with policymakers to build on these historic advancements.