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This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or health care reform).  As we wrote last week, ACA helps millions of American families by extending health care to those who are either uninsured or underinsured.[1] As the arguments before the Court have revealed, the path to health … Read more

It's been two years since President Obama signed the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 23, 2010.[1]  When fully implemented, ACA will provide access to health insurance for virtually all Americans.  Along the way to full implementation, ACA has already helped American families gain access to needed care, while reducing costs and … Read more

One of the many decisions individuals and families face when they need long-term care is choosing a facility.  A key factor that should be considered is whether to choose a for-profit corporate facility or a non-profit facility. Federal and state policymakers also need to consider the implications of ownership information as they design and implement … Read more

News and investigations of waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare program have made waves in the past few weeks. Recently, the Department of Justice uncovered a massive $375 million fraud scheme committed by several providers of Medicare-covered home health care services in Texas. Such an egregious case is indeed shocking and offensive, and federal … Read more

Last week, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held a hearing to discuss the growing dental crisis in America. As the Center recently wrote, most people who rely on Medicare go without basic dental care due to lack of coverage. The Senate hearing revealed dismaying new facts about … Read more

On March 7, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the redesign of the Medicare Summary Notice (MSN), the statement that informs Medicare beneficiaries about their claims for Medicare services and benefits.  The Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) generally sets out what Medicare has or hasn't covered, provides information about a beneficiary's payment … Read more

For several years, reducing rehospitalizations of Medicare beneficiaries has been a key public policy goal, the intent of which is to improve quality of care for beneficiaries and reduce costs for the Medicare program.[1]  Studies have shown that rehospitalizations are common and expensive.  In 2006, for example, nearly one-quarter of nursing home residents (23.5%) were … Read more

I.  Introduction This article focuses on programs that help Medicare beneficiaries acquire necessary medications, although many of the programs discussed are not limited to that population.  Due to the recent economic downturn, millions of Americans are looking for ways to cut costs.  Unfortunately, some have been forced to make the choice between their prescription medications … Read more

This week, President Obama unveiled his Fiscal Year 2013 Budget.[1]  Overall, the Center for Medicare Advocacy believes that the budget demonstrates a commitment to  keeping the Medicare program strong and keeping the program's promise to older Americans and individuals with disabilities who rely on the program to provide quality, affordable health care.  The Center is … Read more

National Medicare Advocates Alliance ISSUE BRIEF #15                                                                                          FEBRUARY, 2012 __________________________________________________________________ EXTENDER … Read more