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Medicare at a Glance

This fact sheet provides a basic overview of the Medicare program, including how it is financed, who is eligible, and what benefits are covered under the program. In addition, it describes supplemental health insurance, out-of-pocket spending by people on Medicare, and data on Medicare expenditures and financing.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): Medicaid and Health Care Provisions

This fact sheet examines the assistance for Medicaid programs and key health provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009. Subjects covered include the temporary increase in federal matching money for state Medicaid programs, subsidies for COBRA health coverage…

The Sleeper in Health Reform: Long-Term Care and the CLASS Act

The Kaiser Family Foundation briefing examines a little-noticed but major provision in two leading health reform bills that would change the way that the U.S. pays for long-term care. The provision, known as the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, would establish a national voluntary insurance program that…

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.

The Policy Implications of Medicare’s New Measure of Financial Health

This report examines a new measure of Medicare’s financial health established by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). The report, authored by Marilyn Moon, takes an in-depth look at the program’s new solvency test, which measures general revenues as a share of total Medicare spending and can trigger a “funding warning” that compels the President to propose and the Congress to consider a funding warning.

June 23 Event: A Town Hall Forum with Ambassador Deborah L. Birx

At 10:30 a.m. ET on June 23, the Kaiser Family Foundation will host a town hall forum with Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D. the new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, to lay out her vision for the next phase of  the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in supporting…