Press Releases


2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on the Patient’s Bill of Rights, June 22, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Cuts to Medicare Physician Payments, June 16, 2010

Consumer Group Releases Report on Why People Disenroll from Medicare Private Health Plans, June 15, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on the $250 Rebate Checks to People with Medicare Who Enter the Doughnut Hole, June 10, 2010

Medicare Rights Center to Participate in President Obama’s Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Health Reform with Older Americans, June 7, 2010

Changes to Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plans Will Take Effect on June 1, May 26, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Pending Cuts to Medicare Physician Payments, May 20, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Innovations in Health Care Reform to Fight Medicare Fraud, May 14, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on New Funding for Early Retiree Health Coverage, May 4, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick as CMS Administrator, April 19, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on CMS Release of Cost-Sharing Rules for Medicare Private Health and Drug Plans, April 19, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on the Final Rules Governing Medicare Private Health and Drug Plan Offerings for 2011, April 6, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Announcement by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of 2011 Payment Rates and Plan Requirements for Medicare Private Health and Drug Plans, April 6, 2010

Heather Bates Named Medicare Rights Center’s Vice President of Client Services and Program Management, April 5, 2010

Volunteers Needed to Teach Medicare Benefits and Advocacy Skills to Westchester Residents, March 31, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Passage of Reconciliation Bill, March 25, 2010

Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker Sends Letter Thanking Senate Majority Leader Reid for His Commitment to People with Medicare, March 24, 2010

Social Security Administration Unveils New Online Medicare Application, March 23, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on House Passage of Health Reform, March 21, 2010

Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker Sends Letter Thanking Speaker Pelosi for Her Commitment to People with Medicare, March 19, 2010

Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker Submits Statement for Senate Hearing on Rising Drug Prices in the Medicare Part D Program, March 17, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker Urging Congress to Pass Health Reform, March 16, 2010

Eligible Consumers Should Act Before March 31 to Enroll in Medicare, March 9, 2010

Last Chance to Change Medicare Health Plans, March 4, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on President Obama’s Remarks on Health Care Reform, March 3, 2010

Consumer Group Releases Report on State Implementation of Low-Income Reforms, February 25, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Release of President Obama’s Health Reform Proposal, February 22, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Release of Preliminary 2011 Payment Rates for Private Medicare Health and Drug Plans, February 19, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Reduced State “Clawback” Payments for Medicare Drug Coverage, February 19, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on New Office of External Affairs and Beneficiary Services at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, February 18, 2010

Scott Thomas Joins Medicare Rights Center as Director of Education, February 18, 2010

People with Medicare Should Act Now to Ensure Uninterrupted Drug Coverage in February, Consumer Group Advises, February 1, 2010

New York State Health Foundation Names Medicare Rights Center Project as One of Its Ten “Best of 2009”, January 28, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on President Obama’s State of the Union Speech, January 28, 2010

Over 100 Patient and Provider Groups Push for Affordable Care for People with Disabilities in Final Health Reform Bill, January 11, 2010

New Law Eases Restrictions on Assets, Income for “Extra Help” Program, January 8, 2010

Medicare Rights Center to Receive Public Service Award, January 7, 2010

2009

Consumer Group Recommends Priority Medicare Reforms to Include in Final Health Reform Legislation, December 24, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on the Senate Cloture Vote for Health Reform Legislation, December 21, 2009

New York State Reforms Expand Access, Remove Barriers to Programs that Lower Costs for People with Medicare, Consumer Advocacy Group Says, December 15, 2009

Last Chance to Change Medicare Health and Drug Options Without Restriction, December 10, 2009

Joint Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker and Center for Medicare Advocacy Executive Director Judith Stein on McCain Amendment to Senate Health Reform Bill, December 2, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on the House Vote to Repeal Medicare Pay Cuts for Doctors, November 19, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on Senate Introduction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, November 19, 2009

Review Your Medicare Health and Drug Plan Options for 2010 Carefully, Consumer Group Advises, November 12, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on Passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act in the House of Representatives, November 7, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on the Introduction of the Affordable Health Care for America Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, October 29, 2009

Medicare Rights Center Supports Legislation To Repeal Medicare’s Flawed Physician Payment Formula, Avert Looming Cuts, October 19, 2009

Drew Altman and Stuart Appelbaum To Be Honored at Medicare Rights Center’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, October 12, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on the Medicare Private Health Plans Offered for 2010, October 2, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on Key Votes Facing the Senate Finance Committee, September 23, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on AHIP study on Quality of Care in Medicare Advantage Plans, September 15, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on President Obama's Speech to Congress on Health Care Reform, September 10, 2009

Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker Explains Health Reform's Impact on People with Medicare to New York State Senate Committee on Aging, September 8, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on CMS’s Announcement of Premium Rates and Low-Income Subsidy Benchmarks for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, August 14, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on the Public Debate on Health Insurance Reform, August 6, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on Approval of Health Reform Legislation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, July 31, 2009

Standardized Health Plans Help Consumers Choose the Right Benefits and Better Financial Protection, July 29, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on New Proposals to Improve Medicare Drug Coverage in Health Reform Legislation, July 23, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on Recent Progress Toward Passage of Health Reform Legislation, July 16, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on the White House Agreement on Hospital Savings, July 8, 2009

Medicare Rights Center and Food Bank For New York City Awarded $1 Million to Increase Enrollment of Low-Income New Yorkers in Assistance Programs, July 6, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on President Obama’s Announcement of a New Discount Program in the Part D Doughnut Hole, or Coverage Gap, June 22, 2009

Joseph Baker Tapped as Medicare Rights Center’s New President, June 1, 2009

Over Seventy-Five Patient Advocacy Groups Support Phasing Out the Two-Year Medicare Waiting Period by April 2011, May 26, 2009

Statement of Paul Precht, Medicare Rights Center Director of Policy and Communications, on the Senate Finance Committee’s Policy Options for Expanding Health Care Coverage, May 12, 2009

Medicare Rights Center Secures Coverage for New York Woman’s Cancer Treatment, April 22, 2009

Over 120 Patient Advocacy Groups Support Legislation to Eliminate Two-Year Medicare Waiting Period, March 26, 2009

Last Chance to Change Medicare Health Plans Before Lock-In on April 1, March 12, 2009

Government Agency Must Overhaul Its Counseling and Education Efforts for People with Medicare, Consumer Service Organization Says, March 3, 2009

Statement of Paul Precht, Medicare Rights Center Director of Policy and Communications, on the Release of the President’s Proposed Budget for FY 2010, February 26, 2009

2008

Medicare Rights Center Details Plan to Obama Health Team to Protect Medicare Consumers, December 11, 2020

People with Medicare Should Review All of Their Drug Plan Options for 2009, November 14, 2020

Patient Advocacy Groups Call on Congress to Eliminate Two-Year Waiting Period for Medicare, November 12, 2020

Alan Lubin and Jack Ebeler To Be Honored at Medicare Rights Center's Celebration Dinner, October 2, 2020

Review 2009 Medicare Health and Drug Plan Options, Consumer Group Advises, October 1, 2020

Statement by Robert M. Hayes on the Choice of Prescription Drug and Medicare Health Plans for 2009, September 25, 2020

Stable Part B Premium Is Good News for People with Medicare, September 19, 2020

Statement by Robert M. Hayes, President of the Medicare Rights Center, on the Senate's Passage of the Medicare Bill, July 9, 2020

Medicare Rights Center Assails 39 Senators Who Opposed the Medicare Bill, June 27, 2020

Volunteers Needed to Teach Health Advocacy Skills and Medicare Benefits to Westchester Residents, June 17, 2020

Medicare Rights Center Urges Passage of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, June 11, 2020

Statement of Robert M. Hayes, President of the Medicare Rights Center, on Proposed Regulations Governing Medicare Private Health and Prescription Drug Plans, May 8, 2020

Medicare Rights Center Seeks Consumer Action Board Members, April 8, 2020

Groups Urge Congress to Stop Overpayments to Medicare Private Health Plans, April 7, 2020

New York Eliminates Asset Test for Medicare Programs for Low-Income New Yorkers, April 2, 2020

Statement by Robert M. Hayes, President, Medicare Rights Center, on the Release of the Medicare and Social Security Trustees Report, March 25, 2020

Paul Precht Named Medicare Rights Center Director for Policy and Communications, March 7, 2020

Last Chance to Change Medicare Health Plans Before Lock-In on April 1, March 5, 2020

Independent Consumer Group Launches Free Interactive Resource to Help Older and Disabled Kentucky Residents Navigate Medicare, March 5, 2020

Independent Consumer Group Launches Free Interactive Resource to Help Older and Disabled Colorado Residents Navigate Medicare, February 28, 2020

President Bush Puts Health of Americans with Medicare in Jeopardy While Overpaying Medicare Private Insurers, February 15, 2020

Statement on Proposed Medicare Cuts in President George Bush’s Fiscal Year 2009 Budget, February 4, 2020

Governor Spitzer Applauded for Proposing to Eliminate the Asset Test for Medicare Programs for New Yorkers with Low-Incomes, January 22, 2020