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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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Statements and Testimony
March 2, 2021  
Testimony of Frederic Riccardi, President Medicare Rights Center, on “The Future of Telehealth: How COVID-19 is Changing the Delivery of Virtual Care” for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health.
Letters
February 9, 2021  
In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Norris Cochran, two leading Medicare beneficiary advocacy organizations, the Medicare Rights Center and the Center for Medicare Advocacy, urge the Biden Administration to take swift action to strengthen Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. As outlined in the letter, matters requiring immediate attention include simplifying Medicare transitions during the COVID-19 public health emergency, enhancing Medicare outreach and enrollment strategies, and increasing regulatory review efforts. Looming deadlines and unmet needs make these improvements urgent.
Letters
February 5, 2021  
The Medicare Rights Center and 49 state and national organizations urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reinstate two policies to help people sign up for Medicare amid the COVID-19 pandemic: a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Part C and Part D and Equitable Relief for Premium Part A and Part B.
Positions and Publications
January 20, 2021  
The Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) looks forward to working with the Biden administration to advance policies that protect and strengthen Medicare as well as the health and economic well-being of those who rely on its coverage. To facilitate this dialogue, we respectfully submitted a set of recommended actions for President-Elect Biden and his transition team’s consideration. While the majority are administrative, some require external collaboration. We encourage the new administration to work with Members of Congress, state policymakers, and stakeholders to advance these and other solutions.
Comments
January 4, 2021  
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed into law on March 18, includes an option for states to receive enhanced federal Medicaid funding. In exchange for these additional funds, states must comply with certain maintenance of effort (MOE) protections. These policies are intended to help ensure individuals can access coverage and care during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Specifically, Section 6008b(3) of the FFCRA requires states to preserve then-current enrollments and benefits through the end of the PHE: “an individual who is enrolled for benefits under such plan (or waiver) as of the date of enactment shall be treated as eligible for such benefits through the end of the month in which such emergency period ends.”
Comments
January 4, 2021  
The COVID-19 public health emergency continues to demonstrate the need for reliable access to health care, especially for older adults and people with disabilities. The pandemic makes it crucial to protect Medicare’s ability to provide guaranteed coverage and meet the changing and urgent needs of the populations it serves. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also must have the bandwidth to shift focus and respond quickly to immediate and emergent issues. Thousands of lives are at stake.
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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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