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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…

External Review of Health Plan Decisions in the States and Medicare

An analysis of the external review process, the formal dispute resolution process established by state or federal agencies, independent of disputing parties, that has the capacity to evaluate and resolve at least those disputes involving medical issues. This paper identifies critical features of external review systems in thirteen states and…

External Review of Health Plan Decisions in the States and Medicare – Report

External Review of Health Plan Decisions:An Overview of Key Program Features in the States and MedicareExternal Review of Health Plan Decisions:An Overview of Key Program Features in the States and MedicarePrepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation by:Karen Pollitz, M.P.P., Geraldine Dallek, M.P.H., and Nicole Tapay, J.D.Institute for Health Care Research…

Managed Care Consumer Protections Offered by Medium and Large Employers

A fact sheet summarizing data from a survey conducted between January and March of 1998 with 1,583 firms with 200 or more workers. The survey, which is conducted annually, focuses on the characteristics of the health benefit plans sponsored by employers.The supplemental questions discussed in this brief were developed jointly…

Managed Care Consumer Protections Offered by Medium and Large Employers – Fact Sheet

Managed Care Consumer Protections Offered by Medium and Large EmployersNovember 1998BackgroundDuring the past year, Congress and the states considered a number of proposals that would have provided additional protections to consumers in health insurance plans, particularly managed care plans. Among the key issues raised in these debates was how much…

Medicare: The Basics, A Public Dialogue on Health Care: The Future of Medicare

A public education brochure describing basic facts about the current Medicare program and how it works. This fact sheet is included in a full packet of information as part of a joint public information project between Kaiser Family Foundation and League of Women Voters of public meetings held across the…