View the Center for Medicare Advocacy's recent appearances in the media below.
Wendell Potter quotes Center for Medicare Advocacy Executive Director Judith Stein: “Private Medicare Advantage plans work for people when they are relatively well, but fall short of traditional Medicare when they are sick or disabled... This is particularly true for our clients with long-term and chronic conditions, many of whom also have low incomes. They are often denied coverage for necessary skilled care, or it is terminated before it should be, while the same coverage would be available in traditional Medicare.”
Posted: November 24, 2015, 7:32 pm
Judith Stein, founder and executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy... offers a mixed review. “While we have concerns about the way in which the Part B cost-sharing resolution is paid for, we are glad people who rely on Medicare can breathe a bit easier – knowing their premiums and deductible will not skyrocket next year.”
Posted: October 29, 2015, 1:52 pm
...open enrollment can be a good time to re-examine whether Medicare Advantage is the right program for you, said Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy.
Posted: October 19, 2015, 6:55 pm
"Those on observation care who suspect they will need rehabilitation services should ask their doctors for help in getting the decision reversed before they are discharged," says David Lipschutz, an attorney with the nonprofit Center for Medicare Advocacy. "After discharge, they can appeal by following the instructions on their quarterly Medicare Summary Notice. For help, see the “Self Help Packet for Medicare Observation Status” at medicareadvocacy.org."
Posted: October 16, 2015, 6:08 pm
Most plans also have a mail-order option, but don’t assume it is cheaper. “Mail order pharmacies can even be more expensive than your local walk-in pharmacy,” said Margaret Murphy, associate director at the Center for Medicare Advocacy.
Posted: October 15, 2015, 3:31 pm
"Frequently beneficiaries pay the bill out of their very limited income," said Kata Kertesz, policy attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy Inc. in Washington. "Some may choose to forgo the care that they need because they are concerned that the bill will go to collections, which is too often the case, and they know that they are unable to pay."
Posted: September 22, 2015, 5:55 pm
But Medicare beneficiary advocates are lukewarm to the Notice Act. While a good first step, the bill gives the patient no formal recourse to have their status changed, said Toby Edelman, a senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Her group and the Medicare Rights Center prefer another bill called Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015, which would count a patient's time in observation toward the three-day hospital inpatient stay requirement for Medicare coverage of SNF care.
Posted: August 3, 2015, 2:30 pm
“Medicare Advantage plans are often more stingy with benefits,” said Judith A. Stein... “We have seen many cases in which people who are really sick cannot get coverage for nursing or therapy at home or in a skilled nursing facility — coverage that they would be able to get if they were in traditional Medicare.”
Posted: July 29, 2015, 7:15 pm
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Toby Edelman, a senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, said they may not be able to do much about it. She said there is no set process for challenging observation care while in the hospital, unlike issues such as disputing a discharge order when admitted patients feel they are not ready to leave.
Posted: July 29, 2015, 3:05 pm
Judith Stein, executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, said she is concerned the predicted Medicare Part B premium hike signals that, for many, the program is becoming too expensive. She said the higher premiums will force more seniors to join Medicare Advantage which offers lower costs but also restricts which providers they can use.“I am concerned that people will start to rail against Medicare rather than love it, as they have for 50 years,”
Posted: July 23, 2015, 5:54 pm