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Consumer Protection Issues in Medicare + Choice

This report describes and analyzes key Medicare+Choice provisions in the Balanced Budget Act and the accompanying regulations related to consumer protections. It explains how the BBA makes significant improvements for beneficiaries in the areas of access, appeals, and quality. It also explores areas that could be strengthened to better serve…

Solvency or Affordability?  Ways to Measure Medicare’s Financial Health

Solvency or Affordability? Ways to Measure Medicare's Financial HealthThis report examines different ways of measuring Medicare s financial health and considers their implications for the future of the program and the people it serves. Using an alternative measure of Medicare's long-term affordability that focuses on workers' capacity to absorb additional…

The Faces of Medicare

The Medicare beneficiary population is often described in homogenous terms, yet those covered by the program vary significantly in terms of their health, income, supplemental insurance status, and medical service use. profiles the following six groups within the Medicare population, providing basic information, trends and data: Healthy retirees, who represent…

Medicare State Profiles: State and Regional Data on Medicare and the Population it Serves

Although Medicare is a national program, there are substantial variations across states and regions in terms of beneficiary characteristics, health needs, and utilization of Medicare-covered services. Likewise, there are also considerable differences in Medicare spending and the emergence of Medicare managed care. In a single resource document, , presents state-by-state…

Kaiser Family Foundation Resources on Deficit-Reduction Debate

These Foundation resources shed light on how the ongoing national debate about deficit reduction may affect Medicare, Medicaid and other health-care programs. These resources include analysis of specific savings proposals, polling on the public’s views of deficit-reduction options, summaries and comparisons of relevant elements of major deficit-reduction plans, and explanatory…

How States Are Responding to the Challenge of Financing Health Care for Retirees

State governments are an important source of health insurance coverage for retired state employees. Confronted with rising health care costs, budget deficits, and an overall downturn in the economy, this report describes how states are responding to the challenge of financing health care for retirees who tend to be sicker…

Consumer Protection Issues Raised by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003

This paper identifies and examines consumer protection issues that arise from the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. Key issue areas include: beneficiary information, marketing, enrollment and disenrollment, the drug benefit package and cost-sharing, the appeals process, concerns for low-income beneficiaries, challenges for nursing home issues, and…

Medicare: A Primer

This primer explains key elements of the Medicare program, which now provides health coverage to 47 million people — including 39 million people age 65 and older and another 8 million younger adults with permanent disabilities. It looks at the characteristics of the Medicare population, what benefits are covered, how…

Medicare 2008 Benefits Table

2008 Medicare Benefits TableSummary of Traditional Medicare, 2008 PART A Financing: 1.45% for both workers and employers No premiums* Benefits: Inpatient hospital – Days 1-60 – Days 61-90 – Days 91-150 – After 150 days Deductible of $1,024 per benefit period** No coinsurance $256 a day $512 a day No…

Views of the New Medicare Drug Law – Chartpack By Income Group

This comprehensive survey of people on Medicare, conducted in June and July 2004, assesses their attitudes toward the new Medicare drug law. This chartpack, issued in September 2004, presents additional analysis on the survey data, looking at key findings broken down by income group.Chartpack (.pdf)