Ask Your U.S. Senators to Prioritize People with Medicare in the Next Coronavirus Relief Package

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The coronavirus public health emergency continues to put older adults and people with disabilities at significant risk. Federal policymakers have made important strides in responding to the outbreak, but more must be done to help people with Medicare. Join Medicare Rights in urging Congress to address the unique and unmet needs of older adults, people with disabilities, families, and caregivers in the next pandemic relief bill.

Work on this legislation is underway, so now is the time to weigh in! This week, Senate leaders unveiled draft legislation, the HEALS Act. Unlike the House-passed HEROES Act, the Senate bill leaves many of Medicare Rights’ key priorities unaddressed, including:

  • A coronavirus-specific Medicare Part B Special Enrollment Period
  • Critical improvements to nursing home and resident safety
  • Increased Medicaid funding for states
  • Improvements to affordable care and treatment

At the same time, the HEALS Act does include a dangerous provision (the TRUST Act, S. 4323) that could fast-track unexamined cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Not only is such an effort wholly unrelated to the pandemic, but it wrongly targets critical programs that are helping millions of Americans survive it. This policy must not be included in any final relief bill.

These changes are needed to help people with Medicare stay safe, healthy, and independent during the pandemic and beyond. As lawmakers reconcile the differences between the two bills and make decisions about the final package, now is the time to weigh in.

Contact your Senators today! Ask them to prioritize the needs of people with Medicare in the next coronavirus relief legislation.

For More information:
Read Medicare Rights’ Letter to Senate leaders.
Read more about the HEALS Act.
Read more about the HEROES Act.

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