Federal Issues

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Federal Budget

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The Medicare Rights Center advocates making Medicare work better for everyone. Recently the Medicare Rights Center created two videos to help you stay informed.

The first video explains the preventive care services available at no cost for people who have Medicare, as well as some recent additions to the list of covered services, such as cardiovascular disease counseling and depression screenings.

In the second video, Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker describes the concept of Premium Support—how it works, where the Medicare savings are found, and what it would mean for people with Medicare.


More than 66% of the federal Medicaid budget is used for long-term care services, including nursing homes and community-based services. Nursing home services, however, are an entitlement under current law; home and community-based services are not entitlements.