Medicare Rights Center

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The Medicare Rights Center (Medicare Rights) was founded in June 1989 as the Medicare Beneficiaries Defense Fund (MBDF) by Diane Archer. One of the first actions of the fledgling organization involved a lawsuit brought against the federal government on the grounds that the Medicare Explanation of Benefits (EOB) failed to mention limits on what a doctor may charge for a service or what a beneficiary must pay.[1] The judge in the lawsuit noted that the EOB is "gobbledygook." This same year, the National Consumer Helpline was born, run by one staff member (MBDF founder, Diane Archer) and one volunteer.

Today, Medicare Rights is a national, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives.[2] Since 1989, the organization has been helping people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the Medicare system and secure the quality health care they deserve.

Medicare Rights releases an annual helpline trends report, which outlines ongoing challenges facing people with Medicare heard through the calls to its national consumer helpline.[3]

Medicare Rights also maintains the online Medicare reference tool, Medicare Interactive (MI).[4] Online courses are available on MI Pro to help professionals and caregivers gain a deeper understanding of the Medicare program.[5]

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  1. ^ McReynolds, J.E. (1992-04-08). "Medicare Overcharges Seen Advocates Say Doctor Bill Limits Too Hazy". Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  2. ^ "About Medicare Rights Center". Medicare Rights Center. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  3. ^ "Report: Medicare beneficiaries are often confused about enrollment deadlines, struggle to pay". FierceHealthcare. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  4. ^ "Medicare Interactive". Medicare Interactive. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  5. ^ Franklin, Mary Beth. "Courses available to become a Medicare pro". Retrieved 2019-04-02.

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