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Choosing a Medicare Part D Plan: Are Medicare Beneficiaries Choosing Low-Cost Plans?

Since 2006, Medicare beneficiaries have had the opportunity to choose from among dozens of plans to get the Part D prescription drug benefit, facing wide variation in benefits, premiums and cost-sharing. The array of choices, with more than 50 stand-alone drug plans in many states, could allow beneficiaries to select…

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…

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.…

Medicare Advantage 2011 Data Spotlight: Plan Availability and Premiums

  This Medicare Advantage Data Spotlight provides an overview of recent changes made to the Medicare Advantage program and examines trends in plan participation, premiums and certain benefits. About 12 million people, or nearly a quarter of the Medicare population, are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, the privately administered plans that…

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — October 2010

With the November midterm elections just weeks away, Americans remain chronically divided over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but most say that their feelings – pro and con – about the health reform law are not a dominant factor in how they will vote for Congress or whether…

How Do M+C Plans Manage Pharmacy Benefits? Implications for Medicare Reform

Understanding how Medicare+Choice (M+C) plans manage their drug benefits may generate important lessons for Medicare. This report, based on interviews with both national and regional managed care firms, provides an in-depth look at how plans have managed their M+C outpatient pharmacy benefits in recent years. Findings show that plans rely…

Retiree Health Trends and Implications of Possible Medicare Reforms – Fact Sheet

Retiree Health Trends And Implications Of Possible Medicare Reforms September 1997 Approximately 12 million of Medicare’s 39 million beneficiaries receive employer-sponsored retiree health benefits as a supplement to their Medicare coverage. In addition, millions of retired workers under age 65 rely on retiree health benefits as their primary source of…

Low-Income Assistance Under the Medicare Drug Benefit

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Medicare drug benefit and the additional subsidies available to certain eligible low-income beneficiaries. Fact Sheet – December 2009 (.pdf)

Medicare’s Role for Latinos

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