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September 22, 2023

HHS Finalizes Rule to Provide More Accessible and Affordable Healthcare to Older Adults and People with Disabilities

On September 18, HHS, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced a finalized rule that aims to streamline enrollment in Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs). MSPs, run by the state Medicare programs, help cover Part A and Part B premiums and offer other cost-sharing incentives for qualifying individuals with limited incomes and resources. CMS estimates that only half of such individuals are actually enrolled, in part due to the cumbersome application process. The rule creates an auto-enrollment process for eligible individuals who also receive Supplemental Security Income into the correct MSP. The rule also directs states to utilize comprehensive data from the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS) or “Extra Help” program for Medicare-eligible individuals with low incomes. CMS estimates that this new rule will benefit over 8.4 million people. 

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