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Policy Documents

Through public comments on administrative and regulatory changes, letters to policymakers, congressional testimony, and key reports, Medicare Rights advocates for systemic improvements to Medicare and other programs. Read these documents to learn more.

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November 7, 2022  
|  Comments
Comments supporting changes to streamline Medicaid and MSP applications, determinations, and redeterminations.
September 21, 2022  
|  Letters
Access to behavioral health care is a significant, ongoing challenge for many people with Medicare. Swift legislative action is needed to address this, in ways that strengthen coverage and modernize services. Several of the bills to be considered at the September 21, 2022 Markup of Worker and Family Support and Health Legislation would advance these goals.
September 7, 2022  
|  Comments
Medicare Rights Center’s comments on the medically necessary dental and expanded access to behavioral health providers topics in the 2023 Physician Fee Schedule.
August 31, 2022  
|  Comments
Medicare Rights appreciates the opportunity to comment on CMS’s Request for Information (RFI) on Medicare Advantage (MA). In our response, we offer suggestions and recommendations to improve the program, based on our direct experience helping MA enrollees navigate their coverage and access needed care.
July 27, 2022  
|  Positions and Publications
Principles for Medicare coverage parity for substance use disorder and behavioral health.
June 29, 2022  
|  Letters
Letter to the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committee leaders urging them to take action to improve Medicare coverage for people with substance use disorder and mental health needs.
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Protect & Strengthen Medicare

Any changes to the Medicare program must aim for healthier people, better care, and smarter spending—not paying more for less. As policymakers debate the future of health care, we will provide our insights here.

30 Policy Goals

Thinking ahead to Medicare's future, it’s important to modernize benefits and pursue changes that improve how people with Medicare navigate their coverage on a daily basis. Here are our evolving 30 policy goals for Medicare’s future.

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