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House Testimony: “Legislation to Improve Americans’ Health Care Coverage and Outcomes”

Introduction Chairwoman Eshoo, Dr. Burgess, and members of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Health: I am Fred Riccardi, president of the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights). Medicare Rights is a national, non-profit organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives. We provide services and resources to nearly three million people with Medicare, family caregivers, and health care professionals each year.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today about two bipartisan bills that would help older adults and people with disabilities access and afford needed care, the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act (H.R. 2477) and the Protecting Patients Transportation to Care Act (H.R. 3935)…

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