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Letter Urging Biden Administration to Take Immediate Action on Key Issues Facing Medicare Beneficiaries

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.

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Policy Recommendations for the Biden Administration: Immediately Respond to COVID-19

The Medicare Rights Center encourages the Biden administration to immediately respond to COVID-19 in ways that prioritize older adults and people with disabilities.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant economic fallout will have a lasting impact on people with Medicare and on the program itself. While additional interventions may be necessary as the situation evolves, the administration must first focus on reforms that are urgently needed to help people with Medicare maintain their health, safety, and independence.

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Policy Recommendations for the Biden Administration

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.

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Comments on the Fourth COVID Interim Final Rule

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.”

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Summary of Policy Recommendations for the Biden Administration

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 compiled a set of administrative actions for their consideration. We will also outline our legislative priorities for the 117th Congress.

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Letter of Support for the Heroes Act

Medicare Rights is pleased to support the recently updated Heroes Act (H.R. 8406). It includes urgently-needed policy and program changes to better meet the unique needs of people with Medicare during and due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Letter Urging Biden Administration to Take Immediate Action on Key Issues Facing Medicare Beneficiaries

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.

Policy Recommendations for the Biden Administration: Immediately Respond to COVID-19

The Medicare Rights Center encourages the Biden administration to immediately respond to COVID-19 in ways that prioritize older adults and people with disabilities.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant economic fallout will have a lasting impact on people with Medicare and on the program itself. While additional interventions may be necessary as the situation evolves, the administration must first focus on reforms that are urgently needed to help people with Medicare maintain their health, safety, and independence.

Policy Recommendations for the Biden Administration

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 on the Fourth COVID Interim Final Rule

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.”

Summary of Policy Recommendations for the Biden Administration

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 compiled a set of administrative actions for their consideration. We will also outline our legislative priorities for the 117th Congress.

Letter of Support for the Heroes Act

Medicare Rights is pleased to support the recently updated Heroes Act (H.R. 8406). It includes urgently-needed policy and program changes to better meet the unique needs of people with Medicare during and due to the COVID-19 pandemic.