Celebrating 35 years of making Medicare more accessible, affordable, and equitable!

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Medicare Rights Center Releases Report on Improving Integrated Care for Dually Eligible New Yorkers 

New York, NY —The Medicare Rights Center, a national nonprofit consumer service organization, released a new report titled “Improving Integrated Care for the Dually Eligible: Policy Recommendations for New York.” The report examines obstacles faced by older adults and people with disabilities who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and […]

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Medicare Rights Center Urges Caution When Weighing Permanent Changes to Medicare Telehealth

–Medicare Rights President Testifies at Congressional Health Subcommittee– Washington, DC—The COVID-19 outbreak spurred significant changes in Medicare telehealth. Early in the pandemic, it was clear that Medicare beneficiaries were at high risk. Policymakers responded quickly, temporarily easing access to Medicare telehealth services. Though initially set to expire with the COVID-19 […]

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Medicare Open Enrollment Resource for Journalists and Annual Trends Report Released by the Medicare Rights Center 

— Report Highlights Trends from Medicare Rights’ National Helpline and Online Reference Tool–  New York, NY– Medicare Open Enrollment occurs from October 15 to December 7 of every year and is the time of year when people with Medicare can make unrestricted changes to their coverage options. To assist the press in their Medicare […]

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announces First 10 Medicare Part D Drugs Subject to Negotiation Under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

—Statement by Fred Riccardi, President of the Medicare Rights Center– Washington DC—The Medicare Rights Center applauds a historic milestone achieved by the IRA through its prescription drug price negotiation program. This program will provide relief for millions of people with Medicare and reduce the difficult choices they face when it […]

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Bipartisan BENES 2.0 Act Introduced in the Senate

Washington, DC—The Medicare Rights Center applauds the recent introduction of the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) 2.0 Act (S. 1687) in the U.S. Senate.  Led by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Todd Young (R-IN), this important bill would require the federal government to provide advance notice to people […]

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As Public Health Emergency Ends, New Yorkers with Medicare and Medicaid Should Review Their Benefits Enrollment 

New York, NY—The COVID-19-related Medicaid continuous enrollment policy that has been in effect since 2020 expires on March 31. This will likely lead to significant coverage losses nationally as states begin recertifying eligibility for Medicaid and the Medicare Savings Program (MSP). Some current enrollees will no longer qualify, but those […]

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Medicare Rights Applauds Implementation of Key BENES Act Provisions

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 […]

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