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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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Comments
July 29, 2021  
Comments on the Updating Payment Parameters proposed rule that would make changes to ACA marketplace enrollment, assistance, and standards.
Positions and Publications
July 27, 2021  
The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2021 (H.R. 3650/S. 2048) would count the time Medicare beneficiaries spend in the hospital under “observation” status toward the three-day stay requirement for SNF coverage, improving access to critical, needed care.
Letters
July 20, 2021  
Medicare Rights and other leading beneficiary advocate groups urged the Administration and Congress to keep improvements to the Medicare program central in ongoing discussions about  creating a more equitable and affordable health care and prescription drug  system.
Letters
July 19, 2021  
Medicare Rights joined over 150 leading advocacy organizations in calling on Congress to fully fund the $400 billion investment in Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) requested by the Administration. This level of investment is essential for building a sustainable HCBS infrastructure system that can begin to address the magnitude of need in communities across the country, by both increasing access to Medicaid HCBS and addressing the direct care workforce crisis.
Comments
July 6, 2021  
The need to address equity has never been clearer. The COVID-19 pandemic, entrenched economic exploitation, rising income inequality, and violent and systemic racism must be a call to action to build new pathways to equity and justice. We are glad to see this RFI’s focus on ways to see, assess, and redress inequities throughout our governmental systems. Medicare has aided the country before as we attempted to move past the horrors of Jim Crow and other segregation and racial and ethnic barriers. But disparities persist, and more must be done to improve access to health care and coverage, build well-being, support dignity, and enhance economic stability for all.
Comments
June 28, 2021  
Comments on the proposed use of an indirect estimation algorithm for racial and ethnic demographics as well as a clarification of the requirement for states to enroll all Medicare-eligible providers for purposes of determining reimbursement.
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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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