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The Medicare Rights Center is a national, 501 nonprofit consumer service organization. Founded in 1989, the Medicare Rights Center 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. Offices are located in New York Citymarker and Washington, D.C.marker Through phone hotlines, internet services, Medicare Interactive, large volunteer network and community programs Medicare Rights Center provides services to people in all states.

The Medicare Rights Center is supported by private foundations and public contracts as well as unrestricted contributions from corporations and individuals.


Through various programs and services the Medicare Rights Center provides assistance to people in New Yorkmarker and throughout the United Statesmarker.

Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Project (MMAP)

In New York Citymarker, the Medicare Rights Center provides weekly personal counseling services at senior centers.

Seniors Out Speaking on Medicare

In Westchester County, New Yorkmarker, the Seniors Out Speaking on Medicare (SOS Medicare) program trains and mobilizes volunteers to educate their peers about Medicare issues in their own communities. Volunteers visit senior centers, religious institutions, public housing projects, clubs and other sites throughout Westchester to speak about health care topics.

Hotline counseling

Through national telephone hotline, the Medicare Rights Center provides direct assistance. Counselors respond to questions on a variety of Medicare related issues including questions about financial assistance and appealing a denial by a Medicare Private Health Plan or Medicare Part D Plan.


The Medicare Rights Center produces four electronic newsletters that provide information on Medicare, health and age-related issues. Among them are Dear Marci, Medicare Watch, The Medicare Counselor, and Asclepios.

Public policy

Public policy initiatives address Medicare consumer issues and concerns on both the state and national levels. The Medicare Rights Center testifies before Congress, advocates for revisions to Medicare regulations and holds the performance of Medicare private health and drug plans up to public scrutiny.

Consumer advocacy

The Medicare Rights Center works with policymakers and the media to promote public understanding of health care issues facing older and disabled Americans. Medicare Rights Center also fields press inquiries on Medicare issues.

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