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About 9 million people in the United States are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid, including low-income seniors and younger people with disabilities. These dual eligible beneficiaries have complex and often costly health care needs, and have been the focus of many recent initiatives and proposals to improve the coordination of their care aimed at both raising the quality of their care while reducing its costs. This page highlights some key resources examining the dual eligible population and provides you with the standard search result page for a site-wide search on the dual eligible tag.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Transition of Dual Eligibles to Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage: State Actions During Implementation

This 50-state survey of Medicaid officials assesses states’ early experience relating to the transition of low-income seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare (dual eligibles) to the Medicare Part D drug benefit. Conducted by Health Management Associates, the survey covers the types of problems observed by…

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Implications of the New Medicare Law for Dual Eligibles:  10 Key Questions and Answers

Implications of the New Medicare Law for Dual Eligibles: 10 Key Questions and AnswersThis publication is designed to provide a more detailed explanation of the change in drug coverage policy for dual eligibles under the new Medicare law, as well as explore its implications for the individuals affected by it.Issue…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Summary of Low-Income Subsidy Program in Final Medicare Bill

This one page document summarizes the provisions in the new Medicare law that deal with providing financial subsidies to low-income beneficiaries for their drug coverage.Issue Paper (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare’s Role for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries

About 9 million low-income seniors and younger people with disabilities in the United States are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. This brief examines the role of Medicare in providing health coverage for these beneficiaries. Medicare is the primary source of health insurance, while Medicaid provides supplemental coverage, helping with…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid Programs to Assist Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries: Working Paper on Medicare Savings Programs in Minnesota

This report is a case study of Minnesota's efforts to increase enrollment in their Medicare Savings Programs under Medicaid for low-income Medicare beneficiaries.Background Paper

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Dual Eligibles and Medicare Part D

This snapshot summarizes the latest information and policy issues about the enrollment of dual eligibles into the Medicare prescription drug benefit.Issue Brief (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Resources on Dual Eligibles and Issues Related to Their Transition to the New Medicare Drug Benefit

With the new Medicare prescription drug benefit available as of January 1, 2006, over 6 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities who are enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare—also known as dual eligibles—have been transitioned from Medicaid drug coverage to new Medicare drug plans. While there are many policy…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare Part D 2009 Data Spotlight: Low-Income Subsidy Plan Availability

Medicare Part D 2009 Data Spotlight: Low-Income Subsidy Plan AvailabilityThis Medicare Part D Data Spotlight focuses on the availability of drug plans for beneficiaries receiving the Part D low-income subsidy in 2009 and changes since 2006. For 2009, fewer than one in five plans qualify for automatic or facilitated enrollment…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries: How the House and Senate Prescription Drug Bills Address Their Drug Needs

The House and Senate versions of a Medicare prescription drug bill treat the drug costs of those dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and other low-income Medicare beneficiaries quite differently. The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured cosponsored a policy briefing on the key issues in the two bills that…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Profiles of Medicaid’s High Cost Populations

This paper examines the role that Medicaid plays in addressing six populations (preterm birth babies, foster care children, individuals with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, individuals with mental illness, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and people with Alzheimer's disease) with serious health needs resulting in high costs. For…

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