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The Role of Medicare and Beneficiaries in the Deficit-Reduction Debate

This Kaiser Family Foundation briefing examined how Medicare reform options now under consideration might work and their implications for beneficiaries and taxpayers. As context for understanding the potential effects of reforms, the briefing looked at the current and projected income and assets of people on Medicare, out-of pocket health care…

An Overview of Changes in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAPs) for Medicaid

The joint federal-state financing of the Medicaid program works through a matching mechanism known as the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP). This mechanism determines the federal and state shares of Medicaid costs based on a state’s per capita personal income relative to the national average. While the FMAP formula has…

Pulling It Together: Bono, Jon Stewart and the HIV/AIDS Message

One of the most interesting conversations on a health topic happened recently on The Daily Show between Bono and Jon Stewart. Bono told Stewart that we were “at the beginning of the end of the AIDS epidemic,” promising an announcement the next day that would explain how a combination of…

U.S. Funding for Global Health: The President’s FY 2014 Budget Request

This fact sheet provides an overview of the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget plan for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI), an effort to develop a comprehensive U.S. government strategy for global health. It includes breakouts by sector and budget trend data.

The Future of Medicare Advantage: Are We on the Right Path?

This June 10 briefing looked at Medicare Advantage and changes affecting it, including revised calculations of payments from CMS, and the Affordable Care Act’s reduced payments to Medicare Advantage plans. Speakers discussed how Medicare Advantage plans are expected to respond to payment changes; if quality bonus payments created significant changes in patient care or plan choices; and what implications could these decisions have on beneficiaries with regard to premiums, benefits and more.

Medicaid Per Enrollee Spending: Variation Across States

This brief examines variation in spending per enrollee across eligibility groups, across states and over time, as well as the correlation between spending per enrollee in the base year and the annual growth rate in the following years. It examines the importance of variation in spending in the context of the different proposals to change Medicaid’s financial structure.