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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
June 26, 2020  
The Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) appreciates this opportunity to comment on Oklahoma’s Sooner Care 2.0 Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver application. While we support state Medicaid expansions, we believe that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should reject the Sooner Care 2.0 Demonstration application as being inaccurate, incomplete, outside of the scope of the Secretary’s authority, not in keeping with the purpose of Medicaid, and against the interests of the Medicaid population and program— as well as health systems and public health generally—in Oklahoma and nationally.
Letters
June 17, 2020  
Medicare Rights and 40 leading advocacy organizations sent a letter to CMS, requesting extensions of several expiring enrollment flexibilities that are helping Medicare-eligible individuals connect with their coverage and care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Comments
June 1, 2020  
The Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s white paper, “Policy Options for Integrating Care for Individuals with Both Medicare and Medicaid.”
Comments
June 1, 2020  
The novel coronavirus, “SARS-CoV-2,” has proven especially dangerous to populations that Medicare serves—people 65 years and older, people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, and people of all ages with serious underlying medical conditions, including those with permanent disabilities. Because of this, Medicare Rights greatly appreciates the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to streamline and enhance Medicare coverage during the public health emergency (PHE).
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April 6, 2020  
Medicare Rights generally supports the transition of many of the provisions in this proposed rule from subregulatory guidance to notice-and-comment rulemaking. While we recognize that formal rulemaking can lack the flexibility and nimbleness of guidance, we believe that the standardization, transparency, and predictability of formal rulemaking makes it a more appropriate vehicle for most provisions that make significant changes to the Medicare program.
Letters
April 3, 2020  
On behalf of the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights), thank you for clarifying that 2019 Social Security and Railroad Retirement beneficiaries do not have to file a federal tax return to receive the economic stimulus payment created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P. L. 116-136).
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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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