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

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Congress Should Seize this Historic Opportunity to Add Dental Coverage to Medicare – But Vouchers are Not the Answer

Joint Statement by the Medicare Rights Center, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Families USA, Justice In Aging, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and Public Citizen Washington, DC ─ Congress is poised to make an historic investment in lowering people’s health care costs, including by adding needed dental, hearing and vision […]

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Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period Ends on March 31

New York, NY—Older adults and people with disabilities who are currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage(MA) plan have until March 31 to switch to another MA plan or to Original Medicare with or without a stand-alone prescription drug plan (Part D) during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP). The MA OEP occurs each year from […]

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Medicare Rights President Testifies at Congressional Health Subcommittee Hearing

Medicare Rights President Testifies at Congressional Health Subcommittee Hearing on the Future of Telehealth Beyond the Public Health Emergency— Highlights Impact of Telehealth Policies on Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities — Washington, DC—Today, Medicare Rights Center President Fred Riccardi testified at a hearing of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, […]

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Administrative Priorities for President-Elect Biden’s Transition Team Recommended by the Medicare Rights Center

Washington, DC—The Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) outlined its top administrative policy priorities in a memo to President-elect Biden. Medicare Rights is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, […]

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Medicare Rights Welcomes Passage of Key BENES Act Provisions

Washington DC—The Medicare Rights Center welcomes passage in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives of key provisions of the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act (S. 1280/H.R. 2477). Included in the year-end spending bill, these policies will update Medicare enrollment rules for the first time […]

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Medicare Rights Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Decision to Extend New York State’s Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured New Yorkers

–Statement from Medicare Rights Center President Fred Riccardi–  New York, NY – The Medicare Rights Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo for extending the Special Enrollment Period for uninsured New Yorkers through the end of the year, to ensure that more New Yorkers can access health care during the coronavirus public health emergency.    On the Medicare Rights helpline, we often hear from people who desperately need […]

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