The Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office released its 2013 Report to Congress providing an overview of activities and accomplishments and ongoing work to improve care for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. MMCO made three legislative recommendations to Congress:
- Streamline the appeals mechanisms available to beneficiaries through health plans and other qualified entities offering Medicare and Medicaid services;
- Improve access to needed prescription drugs for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees by making the LI NET demonstration permanent; and
- Develop a pilot for the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Eligibility for individuals between Ages 21 and 55.
In the report, MMCO identified two areas for further exploration that it believes may have potential to improve the experience of Medicare-Medicaid enrollees:
- Coverage standards for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees; and
- Cost-sharing rules for Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs).