Former Fellow Publishes JIA Issue Brief

Published in Center News

Peter Travitsky, a 2014-15 Borchard Fellow, wrote a March 2017 Justice in Aging issue brief, QMB Identification Practices: A Survey of State Advocates. Peter authored this paper as a post-fellowship project with the support of Justice in Aging and the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging. He is a staff attorney in the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources program at NYLAG (nylag.org/ units/evelyn-frank-legal-resources) and began his tenure there as a Borchard Fellow.  

The issue brief looks at practices in 13 states in identifying Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs). Ensuring that QMBs are not illegally billed for Medicare costs requires improvements on many fronts. One important piece is better identifying QMBs and informing both QMB consumers and their providers that they are subject to billing protections. The brief finds that, although several states provide no QMB identification cards, others offer examples of best practices to ensure that QMB consumers and their providers know their protected status.