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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Burden of Out-of-Pocket Health Spending Among Older Versus Younger Adults: Analysis from the Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1998-2003

UPDATED: An updated version of this analysis is now available online. Recent policy debate has focused on the issue of rising health care costs and whether it might be possible to control costs by requiring consumers to pay a larger share of their health care costs out of pocket. While…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

State Fiscal Conditions and Medicaid Program Changes, FY 2012-2013

The Medicaid program provides health and long-term care coverage for low-income families who lack access to other affordable coverage options and for individuals with disabilities for whom private coverage is often not available or inadequate. Medicaid also plays a pivotal role in state budgets, both as an expenditure and a…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare Part D Update: Lessons Learned and Unfinished Business

Enacted in 2003, Medicare’s Part D prescription drug benefit reflected an unprecedented and controversial new approach for Medicare, relying exclusively on private plans to provide health coverage and including an unusual gap in coverage. This analysis by Kaiser researchers examines in detail how the new model has worked since its…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Summary of Key Changes to Medicare in 2010 Health Reform Law   

This brief provides a detailed look at the improvements in Medicare benefits, changes to payments for providers and Medicare Advantage plans, various demonstration projects and other Medicare provisions in the law. It includes a timeline of key dates for implementing the Medicare-related provisions in the law. Issue Brief (.pdf) Earlier…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Explaining Health Care Reform: What is Comparative Effectiveness Research?

The brief examines current funding for comparative effectiveness research, the provisions included in the current health reform legislation, and issues related to which treatments that might be studied, whether and how to weigh costs of care, and how such findings will be used and shared with health-care practitioners and the…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Pulling it Together: An Actuarial Rorschach Test

Drew Altman, Larry Levitt, Gary Claxton My colleagues have worked on this column with me and I invited them to join me as authors. As with pretty much every other discussion of health care going back to the days of Roosevelt, the great reform debate of 2009 (and now 2010)…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid Coverage and Spending in Health Reform: National and State-By-State Results for Adults at or Below 133% FPL

This analysis, performed by the Urban Institute for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, shows that the expansion of Medicaid under the health reform law will significantly increase the number of people covered by the program and reduce the uninsured in states across the country, with the federal…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Financial Incentives in the Long-Term Care Context: A First Look at Relevant Information

Financial Incentives in the Long-Term Care Context: A First Look at Relevant Information This report reviews Medicare’s payment policies as they may affect medical care for residents in long-term care environments, including a look at the financial incentives that could play a role in hospital and skilled nursing facility admissions.…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Waiting for Economic Recovery, Poised for Health Care Reform: A Mid-Year Update for FY 2011 – Looking Forward to FY 2012

This report, based on structured discussions in November and December 2010 with leading Medicaid directors, augments the findings from the most recent comprehensive 50-state Medicaid budget survey to provide a mid-year 2011 update on state Medicaid issues. As they prepare their fiscal 2012 budgets, many states, some under new gubernatorial…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

A Mid-Year State Medicaid Budget Update for FY 2013

This report is based on structured discussions with a cross-section of Medicaid directors in late October 2012 and survey questions emailed to all 50 states and DC in January 2013. It looks at enrollment and spending growth trends as well as other program changes, building on findings from the most recent Annual Medicaid Budget Survey.

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