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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.

Connecticut Health Advocates Sound The Alarm Over GOP Tax Bill

“In the immediate future you will hear, we cannot afford Medicare, we cannot afford Medicaid, we cannot afford Social Security act," she said. "That’s the second step in this dance.”

The Right Way to Choose a Medicare Plan During Open Enrollment

“Consumers really need to look beyond the premiums to understand their total out-of-pocket costs,” says David Lipschutz, senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, a national nonprofit organization.

To understand the true cost of your plan, add up what you will likely pay in deductibles and copays, which can offset any savings in premiums. Use your benefits statements and medical bills for the past year as a guide.

More choices, no big surprises projected for Medicare in 2018

"[T]here are more choices, but there’s a lot more research and comparison shopping you have to do,” said Sue Greeno , the Center for Medicare Advocacy, a nonprofit based in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. “Medicare’s [online] Plan Finder tool is excellent, but without knowing how to use it, it could be daunting. So we always advise people to go their local [SHINE] office and get unbiased, individualized counseling.”

Medicare Vs. Medicare Advantage: How To Choose

The Center for Medicare Advocacy recently summarized the pros and cons of Medicare Advantage plans.

Looking to Medicare as a model for health care coverage? Improve Medicare first.

When looking to expand access to health care coverage, it’s natural to look to Medicare, the country’s well-tested, flagship health insurance program. But before moving more people into Medicare, it needs to be improved and simplified.

Under ‘Observation,’ Some Hospital Patients Face Big Bills

Patients can be hospitalized for days, can undergo exams and tests, can receive drugs — without ever officially being admitted to the hospital. Instead, they’re “under observation,” which means they’re outpatients, not inpatients. That can bring financial hardships — including lack of coverage for subsequent nursing home care.

Observational Vs. Admitted: CT Advocates Win Class Status For Suit Challenging Medicare Benefits

The Center for Medicare Advocacy has won class certification for a lawsuit demanding that Medicare beneficiaries be allowed to challenge their patient classification as "observational" rather than "admitted" when hospitalized — a distinction that can cost thousands of additional dollars in hospital, medication and nursing home care.

Former Medicare Chief Sean Cavanaugh Joins Center For Medicare Advocacy Board

The Center for Medicare Advocacy on Tuesday (Aug.1) announced that Sean Cavanaugh, former Medicare chief under the Obama administration and deputy CMS administrator, has joined their board of directors.

AGING WELL – Taylor: What is Outpatient Observation Status?

An article from The Citizen, Auburn discusses Outpatient Observation Status. The CMA grant project with The John A. Hartford Foundation is mentioned.

Editorial: Senator Collins Is Right to Oppose the Senate’s Version of Trumpcare

The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 hurts our nation’s health care system as a whole and our most vulnerable citizens in particular. The Center for Medicare Advocacy is ready to partner with everyone who will work to make America healthier and protect our care. We look forward to working with Sen. Collins and other lawmakers to develop real health care legislation that will accomplish just that.

Trump budget chops geriatric training

“Despite misleading statements to the contrary, this budget greatly impacts Medicare and Medicare beneficiaries,” warned Judith Stein, Center for Medicare Advocacy Executive Director. “Make no mistake, the budget would reduce access to Medicare, healthcare, and cause real pain for older people, people with disabilities, and families throughout the country.”

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