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These Foundation resources shed light on how the ongoing national debate about deficit reduction may affect Medicare, Medicaid and other health-care programs.  These resources include analysis of specific savings proposals, polling on the public’s views of deficit-reduction options, summaries and comparisons of relevant elements of major deficit-reduction plans, and explanatory briefs and backgrounders describing key issues related to the debate. This page highlights some key resources examining deficit reduction and provides you with the standard search result page for a site-wide search on the deficit reduction tag.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medigap Reforms: Potential Effects of Benefit Restrictions on Medicare Spending and Beneficiary Costs

As part of several debt-reduction and Medicare-reform proposals, some policymakers propose to prohibit Medicare supplemental insurance policies (known as Medigap) from covering all of enrollees’ out-of-pocket Medicare costs, which some believe leads to higher use of services and higher Medicare spending. Such changes would expose Medigap enrollees – currently about…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medigap Reform: Setting the Context for Understanding Recent Proposals

This brief presents the most current data available on the Medicare supplemental insurance (Medigap) market, including enrollment and premiums by state and plan type, analyzes how many beneficiaries have first dollar coverage (particularly Plans C and F), and describes recent Medigap proposals that have emerged as part of efforts to reduce Medicare spending and the national debt.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Comparison of Medicare Premium Support Proposals

This brief provides a side-by-side comparison of recent proposals to transform Medicare into a premium support program and slow the future growth in Medicare spending. These proposals each would convert Medicare from a defined benefit program, in which beneficiaries are guaranteed coverage for a fixed set of benefits, to a…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Care on the Brink of the Fiscal Cliff

The Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation present a November 16 briefing to discuss the components of this key policy crossroads with a particular emphasis on the implications for health programs and the health care industry. Automatic cuts would not apply to Medicaid, but Medicare providers would…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Quick Take: Medicaid Provider Taxes and Federal Deficit Reduction Efforts

Discussions continue at the federal level to reduce the federal deficit. Implementation of the automatic spending cuts in January 2013 (the sequester) that was part of the “Fiscal Cliff” was delayed two months. General support exists to pass legislation in order to avert the sequester; however, the details will be…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the 113th Congress

As the 113th Congress is sworn in, and President Barack Obama begins his second term of office, a comprehensive new Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health survey queried the public about their priorities for, and views on, a wide range of health and health policy issues.…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Public Opinion Polling on Raising the Age of Medicare Eligibility: Historic Trends and Current Nuances

Given the recent debate over raising the age of Medicare eligibility, it is useful to understand public opinion on the issue. This Data Note analyzes KFF’s historic trends and gives a current snapshot of public opinion on the proposal, with a special focus on how views differ by age, and…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Testimony: Changing Medicare’s Benefit Design: Implications for Beneficiaries

Foundation Senior Vice President Tricia Neuman testified Feb. 26, 2013 before the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health about how restructuring Medicare’s deductibles and other cost-sharing requirements could affect beneficiaries.  Testimony (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Testimony: An Overview of the Medicare Program and Medicare Beneficiaries’ Costs and Service Use

Juliette Cubanski, Associate Director of the Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy, testified on Feb. 27, 2013 before the Senate Special Committee on Aging to provide an overview of the Medicare program and Medicare beneficiaries’ costs and service utilization.  Testimony (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Raising Medicare’s Age of Eligibility to 67 Would Achieve Significant Savings, But Shift Costs To 65- and 66-Year-Olds, Other Individuals, Employers and Medicaid, New Analysis Shows

Study Estimates Two in Three People Ages 65 and 66 Would Pay $2,200 More On Average For Health Care in 2014 Than They Would If They Remained in Medicare MENLO PARK, Calif. — Raising Medicare’s eligibility age from 65 to 67 in 2014 would generate an estimated $5.7 billion in…

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