Rights & protections for everyone with Medicare

  • Be treated with courtesy, dignity and respect at all times.
  • Be protected from discrimination. Every company or agency that works with Medicare must obey the law. They can't treat you differently because of your race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sex.
  • Have your personal and health information kept private.
  • Get information in a way you understand from Medicare, health care providers, and, under certain circumstances, contractors.
  • Learn about your treatment choices in clear language that you can understand, and participate in treatment decisions.
  • Get Medicare information and health care services in a language you understand.
  • Get your Medicare information in an accessible format, like braille or large print. Note: If you need plan information in a language other than English or in an accessible format, contact your plan.
  • Get answers to your Medicare questions.
  • Have access to doctors, specialists, and hospitals for medically necessary services.
  • Get Medicare-covered services in an emergency.
  • Get a decision about health care payment, coverage of items and services, or drug coverage. When you or your provider files a claim, you’ll get a notice letting you know what will and won’t be covered. This notice comes from one of these:
    • Medicare
    • Your Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) or other Medicare health plan
    • Your Medicare drug plan for Medicare drug coverage (Part D)

If you disagree with the decision of your claim, you have the right to file an appeal.

  • Request a review (appeal) of certain decisions about health care payment, coverage of items and services, or drug coverage.
  • Be able to file complaints (sometimes called “grievances"), including complaints about the quality of your care. You can file a complaint if you have concerns about the quality of care and other services you get from a Medicare provider.

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