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Why New York Should Simplify Medical Bills and Improve Health Care Price Look-Up Tools

The Medicare Rights Center is a New York-based, national advocacy organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities. With 30 years […]

August 19th, 2019|Categories: Protecting and Strengthening Benefits|Tags: |

2017 Medicare Trends and Recommendations:

In 2017, Medicare Rights staff and volunteers addressed more than 15,000 questions and issues through the organization’s national helpline. In addition, over 2.8 million questions were answered for people with Medicare, their caregivers, and professionals serving them through Medicare Interactive, Medicare Rights’ free and independent online reference tool thoughtfully designed to help older adults and people with disabilities navigate the complex world of health insurance. This report will feature select helpline trends and highlight the most commonly searched for Medicare Interactive answers, providing a glimpse into the information and coverage needs of Medicare beneficiaries and their families.

2016 Medicare Trends and Recommendations:

In 2016, the Medicare Rights Center’s (Medicare Rights) staff and helpline volunteers fielded more than 16,758 questions and issues through the organization’s National Consumer Helpline. Clients included Medicare beneficiaries, families, and caregivers across the country. As in previous years, clients were geographically and socioeconomically diverse, and needed help with a wide array of complex Medicare-related issues.

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: Protecting and Strengthening Benefits|Tags: |

2015 Medicare Trends and Recommendations:

An Analysis of 2015 Call Data from the Medicare Rights Center’s National Helpline 

March 2017 | Samantha Morales, Frederic Riccardi, Julie Carter, Stacy Sanders

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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: |