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From: Medicare Watch [mailto:medicarewatch@...]
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2016 1:41 PM
Subject: House Republicans Propose Steep Cuts to Essential Health Care Programs
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.
Medicare Watch has a new look! 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.
House Republicans Propose Steep Cuts to Essential Health Care Programs
The budget proposal approved this week by the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee is predicted to balance the federal budget in nine years, largely through across-the-board reductions in spending. One exception to these cuts is an increase of $90 billion dollars in defense spending. The proposed changes to the health care system are profound...
Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Profile of Medicare Beneficiaries by Race and Ethnicity
According to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) highlighting the racial and ethnic backgrounds of people with Medicare, one-fifth of older Americans ages 65 and older are people of color, including 9 percent who identify as black, 7 percent as Hispanic, and 4 percent as Asian. Medicare plays a vital role in providing health coverage for the nation's older and disabled populations...
If you are having trouble covering your Part D drug costs, there are assistance programs that can help. The federal program that helps with drug costs is called Extra Help. Download this chart that lists the income and asset limits to qualify for Extra Help. Depending on your eligibility level, Extra Help may assist you with your Part D premium, deductible, and copayments.
Additionally, many states offer a state pharmaceutical assistance program (SPAP) to help their residents pay for prescription drugs. Each program works differently. SPAPs may help pay for your Part D plan premium, deductible, copayments, and/or coverage gap. Download this chart that lists the states that have SPAPs. Use the information listed on the chart to contact your state’s SPAP and see if you qualify.
Learn more about Extra Help.
Learn more about SPAPs.
As millions of Americans ready themselves to vote this election season, they need to know the candidates’ positions on key Medicare issues. For this reason, the Medicare Rights Center is providing six questions to ask the 2016 presidential and congressional candidates to find out where they stand on protecting and strengthening Medicare.
The Medicare program helps countless older adults and people with disabilities, and their families, achieve health and economic security. Before people head to the polls, they need clear answers from the candidates about their positions on critical Medicare issues–from filling gaps in Medicare coverage to stemming the rising cost of prescription drugs.
Visit the Ask the Candidates page to reach out to the 2016 presidential candidates through email or on Twitter and ask where they stand on Medicare.
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