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Should you be worried about Social Security and Medicare?

“Core Medicare coverages which exist under current law should not be diminished for current or future beneficiaries,” said Judith Stein, head of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, which provides legal help to beneficiaries. “Until we actually try to negotiate Medicare drug prices, we are spending billions of dollars a year that could be saved for the program.”

Shopping for Nursing Homes More Tricky in Trump Era

In November, CMS exempted nursing homes that violate new patient safety rules from financial penalties for 18 months. In June, it proposed to reverse an Obama administration rule prohibiting clauses in residents’ contracts requiring them to use arbitration to settle disputes rather than go to court.

“The industry sees this administration as a real golden opportunity to get what it wants,” said Toby Edelman, senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA), a nonprofit group that

Taxes and the Safety Net

Make no mistake, says Center Executive Director Judith Stein, the tax cuts for corporations and wealthy people that Congress is determined to pass will lead to major cuts to health and economic security for the rest of us.

Press Releases

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Center for Medicare Advocacy Statement on the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court

The Center for Medicare Advocacy adds our voice to those concerned about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. As a public interest law organization committed to fair access to quality health care, equal rights for all as we age, and due process, the Center has serious reservations about this nomination.

Statement on Passage of Devastating Tax Bill

Today’s passage of the Tax Cut bill puts the 57 million older adults and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare, and their families, at risk.

Advocacy Organizations Opposed to Congressional Tax Plan

Letters reiterate the organizations’ strong opposition to any tax bill that would put at risk both health care and long-term care for older adults and people with disabilities.

Publications

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May 2018 – Recent Policy Changes Relating to Medicare Advantage & Other Issues

Policy Changes related to Medicare Advantage (MA); Proposed Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Rule; Home Health Update; More

March 2018 – Tipping the Scales Toward Medicare Advantage & Other Issues

The Federal Budget & Omnibus Bill; Tipping the Scales Toward Medicare Advantage (MA); Budget Act of 2018; More

January 2018 – Medicare Appeals & Other Issues

Expedited v. Standard Appeals – Not Knowing the Difference Can Cost You Your Appeal Rights; Federal Budget, Medicare Extenders, CHIP Reauthorization; Proposed Part C & D Rule for CY 2019; More

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Statement on the Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court

The Center for Medicare Advocacy adds our voice to those concerned about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. As a public interest law organization committed to fair access to quality health care, equal rights for all as we age, and due process, the Center has serious reservations about this nomination.

Tax Cuts and Cuts to Medicare & the Social Compact

Most people and families won’t benefit from these tax cuts. Yet most will be harmed by the spending cuts needed to pay for them. Instead of gutting the social compact Americans rely on, Congress should work to pass true tax reform that helps all Americans and invests in a better future for everyone.

Tax Cut Bill Just Got Worse. Health Care at Risk.

Congress’ rushed effort to push through a massive tax cut for corporations and the wealthy presents a clear and present danger to health coverage, other vital programs, and families throughout the country.

CMA Comments, Responses, and Letters

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Center Comments on the HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the law of the land and must be fully implemented. All efforts to undermine the law must cease, including through the regulatory process.

Center Comments on Revised Policies Regarding Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies

We strongly oppose the changes indicated in the Survey and Certification Letter published on October 27, 2017 (S&C: 18-01-NH).

Center Comments on Innovation Center New Direction

Our comments primarily address guiding principles, and the question of appropriate models for CMMI support. The comments are informed by our work with Medicare beneficiaries.