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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Paul Precht
Director for Policy and Communications
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Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications
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December 11, 2008

Medicare Rights Center Details Plan to Obama Health Team to Protect Medicare Consumers

New York, NY Quick action is needed by the incoming Obama Administration to enact basic consumer protections under Medicare private health and drug plans, according to a memorandum to the Obama transition team released today by the Medicare Rights Center.

"Senator Daschle and his impressive health care team can tackle the immense challenge of making our fractured, costly and dysfunctional health care system work for all Americans," Medicare Rights Center President Robert M. Hayes said. "From day one, we look to the Obama Administration to reverse the Bush Administration's failure to protect the interests of Medicare consumers. The new president and his health care team should be ready to promulgate sensible rules that, together with smart enforcement, will force improved care and enhanced value from private Medicare health and prescription drug plans."

The Medicare Rights Center's transition memo proposed ten actions that the new leadership of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can take in the coming months. The recommendations are:

All the transition memo proposals can be implemented by the new administration without changes to legislation. The text of the full transition memo is available at www.medicarerights.org/Obama_Administration_Transition_Memo.pdf.

The Medicare Rights Center 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.