View the Center for Medicare Advocacy's recent appearances in the media below.
"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
While major strides have been made in providing coverage for medications and preventive services, Medicare still lacks coverage in three important areas – eye care, hearing aids, and dental care – no matter how extreme the need. These are all key to health and well-being.
Posted: July 17, 2015, 1:39 pm
“With help from this extraordinary ALS community of patients and caregivers, as well as advocates like The Center for Medicare Advocacy, we made some noise. A lot of noise,” Gleason said. “People, like myself, who are literally voiceless, were heard. Loud and clear.”
Posted: July 16, 2015, 8:27 pm
"Medicare works well for the American people and it has for 50 years. Let’s ensure that it stays strong and continues to open doors to health insurance and health care for our nation’s most vulnerable people and their families."
Posted: June 30, 2015, 1:57 pm
"As they lay dying: Medicare rules rob voiceless ALS patients of the ability to communicate"
Posted: May 22, 2015, 5:10 pm
Seniors' advocates are worried that putting all coverage under the hospice benefit will create obstacles for patients. Instead, Medicare should go after hospice providers who are shifting costs to other providers that Medicare expects hospice to cover, said Terry Berthelot, a senior attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, who urged the government to protect hospice patients' access to non-hospice care.
Posted: April 21, 2015, 12:51 pm