We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant economic downturn will have lasting impacts on people with Medicare and the program, and that additional policy solutions will be necessary as the situation evolves. In the next congressional relief package, however, we urge lawmakers to focus on reforms that are urgently needed to help people with Medicare maintain their health, safety, and independence during the crisis and beyond. To that end, in our July 29 letter we recommend specific strategies to improve Medicare enrollment; support beneficiary health, safety, and financial security; and strengthen Medicaid and other community living programs.
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.
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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