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 of experience working with beneficiaries, families, and professionals, Medicare Rights possesses specialized knowledge about the barriers people with Medicare face in accessing affordable health care, as well as policies and reforms that would make it easier for these individuals to get the care they need.

Based on its experience working with thousands of Medicare beneficiaries in New York and across the country, Medicare Rights supports Health Care For All New York’s (HCFANY) goals of simplifying medical bills and involving New York beneficiaries as the state develops and implements its all-payer database. While state action will not, in all cases, affect Medicare beneficiaries directly, lessons from policy decisions in the Medicare realm can inform best practices used by New York to regulate its commercial insurance industry.

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