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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 […]

August 24th, 2017|Categories: Strengthening Benefits|Tags: |

2014 Medicare Trends and Recommendations

An Analysis of 2014 Call Data from the Medicare Rights Center’s National Helpline

In 2014, the Medicare Rights Center’s (Medicare Rights) staff and helpline volunteers fielded more than 17,000 questions and […]

January 13th, 2016|Categories: Coverage and Appeals|Tags: |

2013 Medicare Trends and Recommendations

An Analysis of 2013 Call Data from the Medicare Rights Center’s National Helpline

In 2013, the Medicare Rights Center’s (Medicare Rights) national helpline fielded more than 15,000 questions from Medicare beneficiaries, […]

March 5th, 2015|Categories: Coverage and Appeals|Tags: |

Medicare Part B Enrollment: Pitfalls, Problems and Penalties

Recommendations to Improve the Medicare Enrollment System for Consumers

An often-reported fact is that 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 and become Medicare-eligible each day. Less well known, and commonly misunderstood, are […]

November 17th, 2014|Categories: Medicare Transitions|Tags: |

Medicare Snapshot: Stories from the Helpline

Managing Medicare Advantage Denials of Coverage and Appeals

Today, nearly 16 million seniors and people with disabilities are enrolled in an MA plan, representing 30 percent of the Medicare population. Many […]

October 16th, 2014|Categories: Coverage and Appeals, Medicare Snapshots|Tags: |

A Winning Strategy for Medicare Savings: Better Prices on Prescription Drugs

With Medicare a target for federal savings, lawmakers propose many ways to cut costs. Unfortunately, many of these strategies involve slashing benefits or shifting costs to seniors and people with […]

July 22nd, 2014|Categories: Sustaining Medicare's Future|Tags: |

New York’s Medicare Marketplace Update

Examining New York’s Medicare Advantage Plan Landscape after the Affordable Care Act

Changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) payment methodologies and rates initiated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have been met […]

July 21st, 2014|Categories: Coverage and Appeals|Tags: |

2012 Medicare Trends and Recommendations

An Analysis of 2012 Call Data from the Medicare Rights Center’s National Helpline

In 2012, Medicare Rights’ helpline answered more than 14,000 Medicare-related questions posed by older adults and people with […]

January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Coverage and Appeals|Tags: |

Medicare Facts and Faces: Refused at the Pharmacy Counter

How to Improve Medicare Part D Appeals

Each year, the Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) receives up to 5,000 calls from people with Medicare, family caregivers and service providers seeking help […]

February 14th, 2013|Categories: Coverage and Appeals|Tags: |

A Bridge to Health

Ensuring Seamless Transitions from Health Insurance Exchanges and Medicaid to Medicare

As states and the federal government implement the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA),including expanding the Medicaid program and offering […]

January 29th, 2013|Categories: Medicare Transitions|Tags: |