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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

Medicare’s New Prescription Drug Benefit: The Voices of People Dually Covered by Medicare and Medicaid – Report

Medicare's New Prescription Drug Benefit: The Voices of People Dually Covered by Medicare and MedicaidThis focus group report highlights the kinds of questions, uncertainties, and reactions that dual eligibles have when asked about the impending changes in their drug coverage.Report (.pdf)

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The Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card Program: Implications for Low-income Medicare Beneficiaries

- Issue PaperThis Issue Paper describes the discount card and low-income assistance programs and discusses their implications for low-income Medicare beneficiaries and state Medicaid programs.Issue Paper (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare’s Role for Latinos

Medicare’s Role for LatinosFact Sheet: The Medicare Program: Medicare’s Role For Latinos

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare Part D 2009 Data Spotlight: Premiums

Medicare Part D 2009 Data Spotlight: PremiumsThis spotlight analyzes the premiums charged by the 1,689 stand-alone Medicare Part D plans that will be offered in markets across the country in 2009. The analysis finds premiums charged for Part D plans range widely, from $10.30 per month to $136.80 per month.…

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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

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

Keeping Medicare and Medicaid When You Work, 2005: A Resource Guide for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates

This guide helps to explain the program rules for Medicare and Medicaid with regard to work. Medicare and Medicaid have come to play important roles in the lives and the futures of roughly 20 million children, adults, and seniors with disabilities – and this guide gives people with disabilities new…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Firm Perspectives on the Medicare Advantage Market

Based on interviews with senior executives at 14 large firms, the issue brief finds that insurers anticipate continuing to offer Medicare Advantage plans in 2012, in part because of a Medicare demonstration project that will award bonus payments to plans based on their quality standards. A companion issue brief examines…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare Part D Spotlight: Part D Plan Availability in 2011 and Key Changes Since 2006

This initial analysis examines the private stand-alone Part D drug plans will be available to Medicare beneficiaries in 2011 and provides an early look at key trends in the options, premiums, and other plan characteristics. It finds that the average Medicare beneficiary will have a choice of 33 Part D…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid’s New “Health Home” Option

This brief provides key information about the new option for state Medicaid programs to provide “health home” services for enrollees with chronic conditions. The option, established under the new health reform law, took effect on Jan. 1, 2011. Health homes are designed to facilitate access to and coordination of the…

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