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A Primer on Medicare Financing

As Congress and the Administration increasingly focus on the nation’s budget deficit, many policy experts and several bipartisan deficit reduction panels have proposed significant changes to Medicare to reduce federal spending and address rising health care costs. This primer provides an overview of Medicare spending trends, how the program is…

Observations on the Initial Implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Program:  Perspectives of State Medicaid Directors Through a Focus Group Discussion

Observations on the Initial Implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Program: Perspectives of State Medicaid Directors Through a Focus Group DiscussionMedicaid directors express the need to continue to focus on the interaction between Medicaid and the Medicare prescription drug benefit and to address the key system and coordination issues that…

National Surveys of Pharmacists and Physicians, Findings on Medicare Part D

Two national surveys conducted and analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation show that substantial majorities of pharmacists and physicians believe that the prescription drug law is helping people on Medicare save money on their medications. At the same time, a majority in both professions report that Medicare beneficiaries who they…

Seniors and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

The survey, which assessed seniors’ views of and experiences with the Medicare drug benefit, was conducted November 9-19 by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. It included a nationally representative sample of 718 seniors, including 275 who reported being enrolled in a Medicare drug plan.…

Designing a Medicare Drug Discount Card: Implications of Policy Choices for Medicare Beneficiaries and Plan Sponsors

This report analyzes key issues surrounding the implementation of a Medicare-endorsed prescription drug discount card program. Medicare prescription drug discount cards have been proposed as a short-term strategy for lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. The report considers the implications for both discount card sponsors and beneficiaries of alternative…

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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