Medicaid Program; Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation

The Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) appreciates the opportunity to comment in response to the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation. Medicare Rights is a national, nonprofit organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives. Medicare Rights provides services and resources to three million people with Medicare, family caregivers, and professionals each year.

The Medicaid program, now over half a century old, is a success story. Through Medicaid, millions of low-income Americans have built well-being and gained greater economic security via access to health insurance. This coverage helps guarantee health care to 12 million older adults and people with disabilities who also rely on Medicare.

On our National Consumer Helpline, we frequently hear from people with Medicare who are struggling to afford their coverage. For those who qualify, Medicaid can be a lifeline, helping close affordability and access gaps…

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