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From: Medicare Watch [mailto:medicarewatch@...]
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 2:43 PM
Subject: Most Americans Oppose Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
Developed by the Medicare Rights Center, Medicare Watch is a weekly newsletter providing Medicare news and policy developments, as well as useful Medicare reminders. We hope you enjoy this week's issue.
February 1, 2018 | Volume 9, Issue 5
Most Americans Oppose Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
Some in Congress may be considering cuts to programs that help older adults and people with disabilities meet basic needs—including Medicare and Medicaid—in an effort to fill the expected $1.5 trillion budget shortfall created by recent tax legislation. According to a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, this goes against the will of most Americans. In fact, the poll finds that just 7% want cuts to Medicare and 12% want cuts to Medicaid.
Medicaid Work Requirements Create Uncertainty for Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and their Caregivers
The Trump Administration recently announced that it will allow states to require Medicaid recipients to work, take job training, or do community service to stay eligible for the program. To date, ten states have asked to make this change, and the administration has given the greenlight to the first—Kentucky.
If you were denied coverage for a prescription drug, you should ask your plan to reconsider its decision by filing an appeal. Your appeal process will be the same whether you have a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan that includes your Part D prescription drug coverage. If you need your drug right away, you should file an expedited appeal. Medicare Interactive has steps you can take to appeal if you are denied coverage.
Click here to read more about Part D appeals on Medicare Interactive.
Did you know that even if you have other insurance, failing to enroll in Medicare Part B when you become eligible can lead to premium penalties or gaps in health coverage? During the Medicare Rights Center's next webinar, our expert presenters will describe how Medicare works with job-based insurance and provide strategies for avoiding late enrollment penalties and gaps in coverage.
The webinar, Medicare and Job-based Insurance: What You Need to Know, is available only on Medicare Interactive.
Medicare Rights' experts will cover the following topics:
- The difference between primary and secondary insurance
- Medicare and Employer Group Health Plans
- How Medicare and retiree insurance work together
- How Medicare works with COBRA
- The Part B Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
- Medicare enrollment outside of set enrollment periods
Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Fee: $40 per person for the live webinar and recording, or
$30 per person for the recording only