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


The Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program

Callers to our national helpline regularly report struggling to afford the prescription medications they need to maintain their health and well-being. The Inflation Reduction Act’s (IRA) Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program could offer much-needed relief. In our comments, we offer recommendations to implement this program in a way that enhances affordability, ensures accuracy, and maximizes transparency.

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Interoperability and Prior Authorization Proposed Rule

The Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Advancing Interoperability and Improving Prior Authorization Processes proposed rule.

Prior authorization is creating an ever-increasing burden on patients. We support many of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provisions in this proposed rule that would reduce this burden by improving processes, timelines, access to information, and communication.

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Comments on the Conscience Proposed Rule

The Medicare Rights Center appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Safeguarding the Rights of Conscience as Protected by Federal Statutes proposed rule. We applaud this proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to rescind the most damaging aspects of the 2019 final rule Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority.

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Comments on the 2024 Advance Notice

Medicare Rights strongly supports the proposals in the Advance Notice (AN) that would improve Medicare Advantage (MA) payment accuracy. Modest but important, these changes would begin to correct the decades-long problem of MA overpayments.

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Social Security Administration Learning Agenda Request for Information

Medicare enrollment can be a difficult and daunting task. Year after year, among our most frequent helpline calls are from or on behalf of people trying to navigate this confusing system. Missteps are common and have serious repercussions—yet few remedies exist. As part of its Learning Agenda, we encourage the Social Security Administration (SSA) to explore ways to prevent and cure Medicare enrollment errors, including by examining gaps in consumer education, enrollment outreach, and data collection.

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