About Medicare Rights Center
The Medicare Rights Center (www.medicarerights.org) is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization 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. Over the past 25 years, Medicare Rights’ attorneys and social workers have answered tens of millions of Medicare questions for older adults and people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them, including health care and human resources staff, attorneys, financial advisors, benefits administrators, and more.
Medicare Rights is the largest source of independent Medicare information in the United States, operating a free, multilingual national helpline that each year answers 20,000 Medicare questions and helping eligible individuals save millions of dollars annually through enrollment into Medicare assistance programs. Medicare Rights’ educational products under-gird all of its direct service efforts: its Medicare Interactive website (www.medicareinteractive.org) receives two million visits each year and seeds national training programs, including Medicare Rights’ training and certification of State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors nationally, with support from the U.S. Administration for Community Living. Medicare Rights’ Medicare Minute program offers monthly Medicare scripts and handouts for organizations across the country to use as they lead expert Medicare presentations in their own communities, at senior centers, libraries, residences, and other venues; the program is currently available in 45 states.
Medicare Rights is unique in its ability to take the stories of the men and women it serves to the highest levels of policymaking, working with the media, advocates, policymakers, insurers, and providers to promote and secure long-term reforms to benefit people with Medicare and their families. The organization’s fact sheets and regular newsletters reach tens of thousands of people, and it has drafted Medicare improvement legislation that has bipartisan support.
"The Medicare Rights Center has always met a critical need for information and clarity around ever-changing Medicare policy. This online learning program is the gold standard of Medicare education."
Daniel S. Gardner, PhD, LCSW
Interim Director, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging
Associate Professor, Silberman School of Social Work
Hunter College, CUNY