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Through public comments on administrative and regulatory changes, letters to policymakers, congressional testimony, and key reports, Medicare Rights advocates for systemic improvements to Medicare and other programs. Read these documents to learn more.

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June 5, 2024  
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Consolidation and market concentration impact many aspects of the U.S. health care system. Our response to the RFI focuses on the consequences for Medicare and its enrollees. We discuss opportunities for policymakers to better protect older adults, people with disabilities, and the range of public programs that support their access to care.
Policy Issues: Medicare Advantage
May 29, 2024  
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It is evident Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment and costs are growing, that access issues abound, and that transparency is long overdue. To ensure MA works well for those it is supposed to serve, the Medicare Rights Center urges the immediate and thorough collection and publication of additional data on (I) Equity, (II) Provider Directories and Networks, (III) Marketing, (IV) Utilization Management and Appeals, (V) Supplemental Benefits, (VI) Dually Eligible Individuals and D-SNPs, and (VII) Favorable Selection and Risk Adjustment. This information should be granular, regularly reported, and used to guide MA and program-wide improvements. CMS must finally hold plans accountable for the public dollars they use and the promises they make.
Policy Issues: Medicare Advantage
May 16, 2024  
|  Positions and Publications
In 2022, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) released its Dual Eligible Integrated Care Roadmap, which outlined the state’s many priorities for improving integrated care for those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.[i] By promoting integrated care for duals, they hoped to improve health outcomes, enhance member satisfaction, and reduce costs. One of the most ambitious goals was a 250% increase in the number of dually eligible individuals receiving integrated care through an aligned contract—meaning that the individual’s Medicare and Medicaid benefits are provided by the same company—by the end of 2023. These aligned contracts include the state’s Integrated Benefits for Dually Eligible Enrollees (IB-Dual) program and Medicaid Advantage Plus (MAP) plans.
April 16, 2024  
|  Letters
The Medicare Rights Center joined 47 organizations representing people with Medicare, families, advocates, and providers in a letter thanking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the improvements in the 2025 Medicare Advantage rate announcement and urging additional reforms to further improve plan accountability and payment accuracy.
Policy Issues: Medicare Advantage
April 10, 2024  
|  Statements and Testimony
Testimony of Frederic Riccardi, President Medicare Rights Center, on “Legislative Proposals to Support Patient Access to Telehealth Services” before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Health.
Policy Issues: Coverage and Benefits
March 7, 2024  
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The Medicare Rights Center welcomes CMS’s efforts to refine Medicare Advantage payment methodology and supports further action to improve costs and the beneficiary experience, program wide.
Policy Issues: Medicare Advantage
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Protect & Strengthen Medicare

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.

30 Policy Goals

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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