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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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May 25, 2023  
|  Positions and Publications
May 5, 2023  
|  Statements and Testimony
The Medicare Rights Center urges immediate action to address the long-standing problem of inaccurate MA provider directories. This misinformation derails thoughtful coverage choices and access to care. It also prevents proper oversight, as insufficient data may hide non-compliance with network adequacy and other requirements.
Policy Issues: Medicare Advantage
April 17, 2023  
|  Comments
These comments from the Medicare Rights Center are in support of separate licensing standards for relative or kinship foster family homes.
April 13, 2023  
|  Comments
Medicare Rights comments in support of removing food from the calculation of in-kind benefits for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
April 13, 2023  
|  Comments
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.
Policy Issues: Prescription Drugs
March 13, 2023  
|  Comments
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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Policy Issues
Policy Series
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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