Catherine Borque, a 2016-17 Borchard Fellow working with Justice in Aging, authored recently an issue brief on how proposed Medicaid cuts will impact Medicare Savings Plans. 

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For low-income older adults who are eligible for Medicare but can’t afford the premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) have been a lifeline--making it possible for millions to get Medicare-covered care. However, the huge cuts to Medicaid that both the House and Senate ACA-repeal plans propose could cause states to limit participation in the program, causing many to be priced out and lose access to care. MSPs currently reach over 7 million people with Medicare. Many are too poor to afford Medicare but do not qualify for other Medicaid programs. This issue brief discusses how the program is structured and administered and outlines how cuts in Medicaid could force cuts to the program. Read the Brief.

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 15:07

Former Fellow Publishes JIA Issue Brief

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. 

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Catherine Bourque, a 2016-2017 Borchard Fellow, wrote a recent blog post on proposed reforms to improve Medicare coverage for low-income beneficiaries. Catherine is spending her fellowship year with Justice in Aging in Washington, D.C. Click here to read Catherine's post.
 
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