Policy Priorities

The Medicare Rights Center’s national and state policy agendas are defined by our experience serving people with Medicare on our national helpline and through our educational programs. Read our collection of reports, fact sheets and letters to learn more about our policy positions.

Medicare Snapshot: Stories from the Helpline

Improving New York State Access to Medicare Savings Programs

This brief spotlights ways to improve access to Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) in New York. MSPs can help Medicare beneficiaries with low-incomes save thousands of dollars in […]

New York’s Health System Transformation

What It Means for Medicare and Medicaid Consumers and Consumer Advocates, and Recommendations for Making New Models Work Better
August 2017

Support for this work was provided by United Hospital Fund, an independent, nonprofit organization working to […]

Letter to CMS RE: Final 2019 Medicare and You Handbook

We are writing to express our appreciation for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’s (CMS) responsiveness to many of the concerns we raised regarding the draft 2019 Medicare & You Handbook. By addressing the […]

Letter to CMS Re: Extension of Relief Opportunity for Marketplace Enrollees

The undersigned organizations share a commitment to advancing the health and economic security of individuals and families with Marketplace coverage and with Medicare. In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a […]

Letter to Congress Re: Changes to the Part D Coverage Gap

As organizations who represent the interests of tens of millions of Medicare beneficiaries, we are writing to express our strong support for maintaining the Medicare Part D donut hole provisions that were included in the […]

2016 Medicare Trends and Recommendations:

An Analysis of 2016 Call Data from the Medicare Rights Center’s National Helpline 
March 2018 | Samantha Morales and Julie CarterIntroduction and Summary
In 2016, the Medicare Rights Center’s (Medicare Rights) staff and helpline volunteers fielded more than […]

Analysis of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

On February 9, Congress passed and the President signed a sweeping spending bill that will fund the government through March 23 and raise the spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 for […]