Medicare Matters. It opened doors to health care by providing coverage the private market didn’t want to offer. Today, 55 million older people and people with disabilities have health care because of Medicare. It relieves families of worry and enhances their quality of life, peace-of-mind, health and economic security. But, in 2017 all this is in jeopardy. Read more…
Medicare is under attack and in danger of withering on the vine.
In 1995 Newt Gingrich predicted that privatization efforts would lead Medicare to wither on the vine. He said it was unwise to get rid of Medicare right away, but envisioned a time when it would no longer exist because beneficiaries would move to private insurance plans.
Well … that's what's happening. Not just by happenstance, but rather according to a determined, strategic plan. The plan has included the following:
It didn't take a crystal ball. It took a vision, planning and persistence.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy also has vision, planning and persistence. We do all we can to keep Medicare focused on the needs of older and disabled people, not the insurance industry. We speak out with expertise and with the stories of real people.
With your support, we'll keep insisting that Medicare is fully present for the families that rely on it – now and in the future. We're ready to keep Medicare from withering on the vine.
- Has Medicare been a success?
- How does Privatization affect Medicare and Medicare beneficiaries?
- What core values should be addressed in any Medicare "reform" plan?
- What are real solutions for Medicare reform?
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The Medicare program is a success story. It was designed and enacted in 1965 as a social insurance program because private companies failed to insure older people. It was intended to provide basic coverage through one health insurance system, with a defined set of benefits. Reforms to Medicare should honor and maintain its core values to ensure its continued success for future generations.
As stated by Nancy-Ann DeParle, a former Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now CMS):
Few programs in the history of the United States have brought as much benefit to society as Medicare. Since its enactment in 1965, Medicare has provided access to quality health care for those Americans least likely to be attractive to private insurers – those over age 65, disabled, or with end stage renal disease. Medicare has also prevented many Americans from slipping into poverty. The elderly’s poverty rate has declined dramatically since Medicare was enacted – from 29 percent in 1966 to 10.5 percent in 1995. Medicare also provides security across generations: it has given American families assurance that they will not have to bear the full burden of health care costs of their elderly or disabled parents or relatives at the expense of their young families. (Preface, A Profile of Medicare, May 1998.)
- Medicare should continue to be a national health insurance program, not a set of independent private plans and payment options.
- Medicare should include a mandatory, secure set of defined benefits.
- Medicare should continue to provide one community of interests among the healthy and frail, rich and poor. It should not separate beneficiaries into separate groups with distinct and varying interests by creating multiple cost-sharing levels, benefit options, and delivery systems that differ depending upon the ability to pay or an individual’s health.
- Medicare should provide equal access to appropriate and high quality health services for all beneficiaries, including those with chronic, long-term, and mental health conditions.
- Private Medicare plans should be carefully monitored by CMS to ensure they provide full Medicare coverage and rights to their enrollees.
- Medicare should provide an accessible, meaningful appeals process that guarantees due process to all beneficiaries. Medicare coverage decision-makers, at all levels, should be independent from CMS and should be required to make coverage decisions based on the law and regulations.
The public should listen carefully to the many proposals being considered that would dramatically change Medicare under the guise of reform, modernization, and deficit reduction. Many of these proposals would abandon Medicare’s core values and increase expensive privatization. Medicare can be strengthened and preserved for future generations if an informed public demands it.
When Medicare was created in 1965 over 50% of everyone 65 or older had no health insurance. Private insurance failed to meet their needs. Medicare, on the other hand, is a success. It increased the number of insured older adults to 95%. In 1972 Medicare coverage was extended to people with significant disabilities. But Medicare's success in providing access to health care for millions of people is in danger. Ironically, the threat comes from private insurance plans. Funded by windfall subsidies from taxpayer dollars, privatization is jeopardizing the cost-effective, dependable Medicare program.
Since 2003 the number and costs of private Medicare plans have increased exponentially as a result of the design of Medicare Part D and "Medicare Advantage". Unlike plans to privatize Social Security, which were debated and largely rejected by lay people and professionals alike, the privatization of Medicare is well underway and has occurred largely without public knowledge or discussion. Medicare privatization and the billions of dollars being spent to subsidize private plans threaten the future of Medicare and the health and economic security the Medicare public program has provided for America’s older and disabled people and their families.
Medicare wasn't broken, but because of the ever-increasing private Medicare options, it is breaking. The myriad private plans are creating confusion and barriers to care for real people. The Center for Medicare Advocacy is contacted everyday by people who were inappropriately marketed to; people who did not understand what they were getting into, people who have been unable to get the health care services they need from their Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, and people who are "locked into" their MA plan. Further, the Center gets calls for help from people who thought they had MA "on top of" their regular Medicare and/or Medigap and are surprised to find out that is not true when the service or provider they need is not covered by their MA plan.
Medicare privatization costs taxpayers approximately billions of dollars every year, while it hurts many people with Medicare and strangles the traditional Medicare program. Consider these stories from just a few of the Center’s clients:
- Mrs. P is a 67 year old woman who was diagnosed with ALS three years ago. She contacted the Center for help because her private Medicare plan cut off all her home care, saying she was "stable" and no longer needed home health services. CMS said the coverage decision was up to the plan and would not intervene. The Center for Medicare Advocacy filed a case in federal court seeking continued coverage for Mrs. P. The Court ordered Medicare to cover Mrs. P.’s home care; she was therefore able to stay at home with the health care she needs. Without Medicare coverage and this necessary home care, Mrs. P. would have been forced to enter a nursing home.
- A Congressman called the Center to obtain help for a constituent who he met at a local town hall meeting. Mr. B and his wife were members of a Medicare Advantage plan in Connecticut. They went to Florida for vacation where Mrs. B fell and was sent to the hospital to treat her injuries. Tests at the hospital showed that, unbeknownst to Mrs. B, she had a brain tumor. Doctors determined she needed treatment immediately. Because Mr. B is frail himself and the couple’s daughter in Utah is a nurse, they decided to go there for Mrs. B’s chemotherapy. Upon receiving the chemotherapy, however, Mrs. B had a life threatening reaction that resulted in her being in the Intensive Care Unit for days. She ultimately died. The hospital bill came to $100,000 and was completely denied by the Medicare Advantage plan because Mrs. B was "out of network". The Center appealed. Finally, after an administrative hearing most of the bill was paid in recognition that the care received after Mrs. B’s reaction to treatment was emergency services.
- Mrs. W called us with a Medicare Advantage (MA) problem. She went from a hospital to a nursing home and was being billed for $13,000 because the nursing home was out of her MA plan’s network. She had been told by both the hospital and nursing home staff that original Medicare would cover her nursing home stay, even though she had an MA plan. This is not true. The beneficiary herself is extremely confused and was unable to answer any of the Center attorney’s questions.
- The Center has a case pending for an individual who is in an MA plan in Connecticut and went out of network for doctor’s services. He was billed $5,000 for these services. This individual is functionally illiterate and did not understand that he could only see providers in the plan’s network when he signed up for the MA plan. He says he did not receive any booklets or anything in writing from the MA plan regarding the network’s providers. Even if he did, he likely wouldn’t have been able to read the information or comprehend the concept of a network.
- A Center attorney received a call from a woman with significant MA concerns. She and her husband were visited by an MA marketing representative for a Private Fee For Service Plan (PFFS). He came door to door and was absolutely not invited. The woman told our attorney that both she and her husband suffer from brain injuries and previous strokes and that they were both distressed when the agent came into their home. He told them that he wanted to talk to them about a "new kind of Medicare." She said that she listened but did not understand and that he gave too much information too fast. She said she filled out the form he had and said yes to all of his questions just to get him to leave her home; this all happened in January, 2007.
When the woman called the marketing representative to disenroll the representative told her to just send a letter to the plan and that would effectuate disenrollment. She did so in January but had not been disenrolled when she contacted the Center six months later. During that time, she and her husband needed and received medical services, for which they were billed and sent to collection. The husband requires injections from an oncologist which cost $3000 each; he needed three during this period. Other services received during the period included doctors’ visits, a hospital CT scan, neurologist visits, and endocrinologist visits.
- Mr. N, one of the Center’s clients had traditional Medicare along with a Medigap supplemental policy. He was approached by an MA plan while at his dialysis unit, which is now a marketing violation. He was told that the MA plan and the Medigap policy together would cover all his expenses. Mrs. N called the Center because they are now receiving bills for the balance of what the MA plan did not cover. When she contacted the Medigap representative, he told her that because she now is in an MA plan, the Medigap won't cover the balance. Mrs. N then called the MA plan to disenroll because she is worse off than before joining the MA. They told her she couldn't disenroll at this time.
The Center is working to retroactively disenroll Mr. N from the MA plan based upon the misinformation that he was given by the marketing representative. Hopefully, if the retroactive MA disenrollment is granted, the Medigap policy will provide retroactive coverage for the past bills.
- A Center attorney received a call from the daughter of a beneficiary who speaks very little English. Apparently an agent from an MA plan in Hartford, CT came door-to-door without being invited (which is a marketing violation), visited this woman's mother and got her to sign an application. The representative told the mother that everything would be "free". The daughter called the plan and was able to get her mother disenrolled. But, Social Security is still deducting the monthly premium for the MA plan from her mother's Social Security check so she called the Center to get help with the premium problems. Her mother needs the money.
- The Center was contacted by the daughter of a woman who signed up for an MA plan. Apparently representatives from the MA plan called and asked if they could come to the mother's home. She, and the daughter, visited with the representatives and made it very clear that what they were looking for 100% coverage of the mother's dialysis treatments. The representatives told them that if she signed up her dialysis treatments would be covered 100%. It soon became clear to the mother and daughter that the plan only covers 80% of dialysis treatments, the same as traditional Medicare. In addition, it became clear that the plan never should have offered to sign her up in the first place because she has ESRD which precludes her from signing up for this plan.
- Another gentleman called the Center. He was visited by an MA plan and was told that the plan was "free" – which it is not. He received a letter from Social Security stating that $46.00 would be deducted from his Social Security check. This is how he found out that the plan was not "free.""
"Medicare Advantage" is starving the successful traditional Medicare program and hurting beneficiaries. Studies by MedPAC, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Commonwealth Fund and numerous scholars confirm that taxpayers are spending between 12% – 19% more on private plans than it would cost to serve the same people in the traditional Medicare program. Meanwhile, private Medicare has proven far less able to provide secure health insurance and a wide choice of doctors and other health care providers for older people and people with disabilities.
Medicare was enacted in 1965 because private industry failed to insure more than 50% of older people. It would be ironic if privatization condemned Medicare now, returning older and disabled people to the vagaries of the private, for-profit insurance industry.
The solution for the Medicare crisis is not to increase the eligibility age or decrease benefits, but to stop privatizing it at the expense of older people and taxpayers.
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
October 15, 2008
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- Center for Medicare Advocacy Statement on the Health Extenders in the Budget Agreement February 9, 2018
- State of the Union Speech Touches on Health Care Issues January 31, 2018
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- Remember People with Medicare in Renewed Spending Bill Debates January 24, 2018
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- Health Care Sabotage Continues January 17, 2018
- Remembering Martin Luther King in 2018 January 10, 2018
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- Advocacy Organizations Opposed to Congressional Tax Plan December 15, 2017
- CMA Alert – SNF Enforcement Halted; Know Your Medicare Appeals; Ultimate Health Care Sabotage; More December 6, 2017
- CMA Alert – The REST of the Tax Cut Plan; “Jimmo” Improvement Standard Update; QMB News; Enrollment Periods End Soon November 30, 2017
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- More than 40 Organizations Join Together in Opposition to Senate’s Tax Cuts & Jobs Act November 29, 2017
- Tax Bill Talking Points and Action Steps November 17, 2017
- House Passes Damaging Tax Bill, Health Advocates Urge Senate to Rethink Their Plan November 16, 2017
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- Tax Cut Bill Just Got Worse. Health Care at Risk. November 15, 2017
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- Joint Statement from Center for Medicare Advocacy and Medicare Rights Center on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act November 3, 2017
- CMA Alert – It’s Enrollment Season; CMS Reissues HH Booklet; “Homebound” Case Settlement; More November 1, 2017
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- CMA Alert, October 18, 2017 – Nursing Home Rights Roundup; ACA Stabilization; More October 18, 2017
- Statement from the Center for Medicare Advocacy on Trump Administration’s ACA Actions October 18, 2017
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- October 3, 2017
- Statement from Center for Medicare Advocacy on Latest ACA Repeal Effort September 27, 2017
- Senate Holds Single Hearing on Bill to Strip Coverage from Millions – Act Now September 25, 2017
- Graham-Cassidy: It’s Just Worse September 20, 2017
- Leading Medicare Advocates Voice Opposition to Graham-Cassidy Bill September 19, 2017
- URGENT: ACA Repeal Effort Renewed Through Graham-Cassidy Bill. This is Not a Drill – Action Needed! September 15, 2017
- Moving Forward: Let’s Improve Medicare September 13, 2017
- CMA Alert – Congress Returns, Still Threatening Health Care; ACA Sabotage; More September 7, 2017
- The Medicare Rights Center and the Center for Medicare Advocacy Develop New Partnership with Support from The Retirement Research Foundation September 6, 2017
- CMA Alert – Joint Replacement Model Undermines Care; OTC Hearing Aids Legislation Passed; More August 23, 2017
- CMA Alert – Critical Issue Roundup: MA Overpayment; HH Payment; Observation; More August 16, 2017
- Center for Medicare Advocacy Statement on Senate Failure to Pass ACA Repeal July 28, 2017
- CMA Alert – Still Fighting for Health Care as Medicare’s Anniversary Nears; New Fraud Warning July 26, 2017
- Senate Votes to Continue Attack on Health Care July 25, 2017
- CMA Alert – Senate Health Bill, Again; Medicare Trustees Report; HH CoPs; More July 13, 2017
- Health Repeal Myths & Facts: The Fight Continues July 5, 2017
- Congress Leaves for the July 4th Recess, Health Care Repeal Remains a Threat – Continue to Make Your Voice Heard June 30, 2017
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- Real People Will be Harmed by House & Senate Health Repeal Bills June 26, 2017
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- Senate Plans to Vote to Gut Health Care Next Week – Act Now to Stop These Cuts! June 21, 2017
- The Senate is Secretly Working to Gut Health Care – Bill Could Pass Soon! June 15, 2017
- Health Care is Under Assault – CBO Score for AHCA, Trump Budget and ACA Sabotage May 25, 2017
- More Than 75 National Organizations Urge U.S. Senate to Defend Medicare and Medicaid May 22, 2017
- Senate Must Reject Health Bill Passed by the House May 17, 2017
- House Passes American Health Care Act – Not American in Spirit or Health Care in Substance May 4, 2017
- ACA Repeal Bill Keeps Getting Worse – Congress Must Reject It Today March 24, 2017
- House Poised to Vote on Bill Gutting the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, and Undermining Medicare – Act Now March 22, 2017
- The Affordable Care Act in 2017: Myths and Facts March 15, 2017
- CBO Report Confirms ACA Repeal Legislation Will Reduce Health Coverage, Care and Undermine Medicare March 15, 2017
- Statement: CBO Report Confirms ACA Repeal Legislation Will Reduce Health Coverage, Care and Undermine Medicare March 14, 2017
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- American Health Care Act (AHCA): A Repeal and Regress Plan March 7, 2017
- 100 National Organizations Urge Congress to Reject Radical Changes to Medicaid March 3, 2017
- Health Savings Accounts and Medicare Beneficiaries March 1, 2017
- President Trump’s Address to Congress Brings No New News on Health March 1, 2017
- Back to the Future: High Risk Pools Annotated Bibliography February 22, 2017
- Repealing Medicaid Expansion Could Lead to Thousands of Deaths in the U.S. Annually February 22, 2017
- House Republicans Present Outline of Plan that Would Gut Health Coverage February 21, 2017
- The Center for Medicare Advocacy Comments on the Confirmation Hearing of Seema Verma February 17, 2017
- Affordable Care Act Replacement Proposals – Concerns and Resources February 15, 2017
- Center for Medicare Advocacy Statement on the Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services February 10, 2017
- New Study: Uninsured Rates for Older Adults will Increase if ACA is Repealed or Medicare Eligibility Age is Raised February 1, 2017
- Opening Salvo on ACA Replacement Falls Short January 25, 2017
- HHS Nominee Price Faced Senate HELP Committee Today – Unanswered Questions Remain January 18, 2017
- Fact-Checking the Confirmation Hearing of Secretary of Health and Human Services Nominee Tom Price January 18, 2017
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- Advocates Warn Congress of Dangerous Consequences of ACA Repeal and Delay for Seniors and People with Disabilities January 13, 2017
- What’s at Stake In the Fight to Sustain Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) January 11, 2017
- “Cures” Act Tips the Scales Even Further in Favor of Medicare Advantage Over Traditional Medicare December 28, 2016
- Reports Highlight Devastating Effects of Repealing the Affordable Care Act and Turning Medicaid into Block Grants December 14, 2016
- Protect Our Health Care: It’s All Connected – ACA, Medicaid and Medicare are All Under Threat December 7, 2016
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- The Rush to Destroy Medicare as We Know It November 29, 2016
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- Truth: Obamacare Helps Medicare November 16, 2016
- Kaiser Family Foundation Issue BriefTurning Medicare Into a Premium Support System: Frequently Asked Questions July 26, 2016
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- Center Comments on Proposed Rules for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities June 22, 2016
- Supreme Court Victory for the Affordable Care Act and Access to Healthcare June 25, 2015
- Center Executive Director Judith Stein Testifies Before House Energy & Commerce Committee about Medicare Advantage Plans March 13, 2014
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- Replacing the Broken Medicare Physician Payment Formula: At What Cost for People with Medicare? December 19, 2013
- Medicare Prescription Drug Rebate Debate November 21, 2013
- Caution: Home Health Episode Payment Caps October 10, 2013
- Happy Birthday, Medicare! July 25, 2013
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- New Report: Immigrants and Immigration Reform are Good for Medicare June 6, 2013
- Good News: Trustees Project Longer Medicare Solvency May 31, 2013
- Center for Medicare Advocacy Submits Joint Testimony to Congress on Medicare Reform Proposals May 23, 2013
- CMS Addresses Observation Status Again… And Again, No Help for Beneficiaries May 16, 2013
- Debunking Medicare Myths: Drug Rebates for Dual Eligibles May 8, 2013
- Medicare’s Future: Letting the Affordable Care Act Work, While Learning From the Past May 7, 2013
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- The Impact of the President’s Budget on People Who Depend on Medicare and Social Security April 11, 2013
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- Center for Medicare Advocacy Testifies on Medicare Redesign February 26, 2013
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- Warning: Medicare Payment Limits Are Bad for Health! December 13, 2012
- Special Report – Independence of Medicare Administrative Law Judges Threatened by Office of Inspector General’s Recommendations December 6, 2012
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- Organizations Unite to Urge Caution in Demonstration Programs Serving Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries July 26, 2012
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- The President’s Proposed 2013 Budget: Impact on Medicare February 17, 2012
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- New Hospice Regulations are a Mixed Bag for Beneficiaries Seeking High Quality End of Life Care January 20, 2011
- New Medicare Home Health Regulations: Improvement is Not Required to Obtain Coverage December 30, 2010
- Medicare Changes Effective January 1, 2011 December 30, 2010
- Be Cautious Before Combining Medicare and Medicaid December 23, 2010
- Be Cautious Before Combining Medicare and Medicaid December 23, 2010
- CMA Alert: Medicare Home Health Regs: Improvement NOT Required; Also Extender Act and More December 12, 2010
- Center for Medicare Advocacy Urges Policy-Makers to Rethink Medicare Cuts December 3, 2010
- Health Care Reform Does Not Cut Medicare Benefits October 28, 2010
- Health reform is Already Working, More Help Starts Tomorrow September 22, 2010
- Affordable Care Act Expands Medicare Coverage for Prevention and Wellness September 9, 2010
- Extended Observation Stays in Acute Care Hospitals: Criticism, Legislation and Discussion August 26, 2010
- Medicare's 45th Anniversary: Promise Kept and Promises to Keep July 27, 2010
- The Right to Visit Partners and Others In Medicare Participating Hospitals June 22, 2010
- Health Reform in Action: Donut Hole Rebate Checks Start Arriving June 10, 2010 June 10, 2010
- Don’t “Fix” Medicare Out of Existence March 19, 2008
- Recommendations for a Coordinated Care Benefit in the Medicare Program March 27, 2002
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