Press Release             

Contact: Nathan Heggem
Senior Communications and
Policy Associate

April 4, 2011

Deficit Reduction May Mean Reductions in Benefits for People with Medicare

-- Medicare Rights Center Outlines the Negative Consequences that
Budget Proposals May Hold for Medicare Consumers --

New York, NY—As discussions about “deficit reduction” begin in earnest this week with the anticipated introduction of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, it is important to understand what cuts to Medicare and Medicaid mean for consumers’ financial stability, health and safety.

To help Medicare consumers and others better understand what Medicare and Medicaid mean for the people with Medicare, the Medicare Rights Center has created a fact sheet that provides a snapshot of the demographics of the Medicare population, some of the more alarming deficit reduction proposals, and how these proposals would raise costs for consumers. The fact sheet, “Painting a Grim Picture: Deficit-Reduction Proposals that Hurt People with Medicare,” was included in the most recent edition of the organization’s policy newsletter, Medicare Watch. The fact sheet is available at

Read the latest issue of Medicare Watch.

In addition, the Medicare Rights Center today released “Medicare and Medicaid: Essential Partners for Older Americans and People with Disabilities,” which depicts through client stories the essential role that Medicaid plays for older Americans and people with disabilities. This document is available at

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Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service 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.


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