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Grievance and Appeals Procedures: An Analysis of the MMA and Proposed Regulations

This paper, by Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Policy at George Washington University, examines the procedures for resolving beneficiaries' grievances and appeals under the new Medicare drug benefit. It is one in a series commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation that analyzes issues…

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Marketing and Privacy Issues: An Analysis of the MMA and Proposed Regulations

This paper, by Joy Pritts of the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, looks at issues related to drug plan marketing activities and privacy under the MMA.Issue Brief (.pdf)

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Medicare Buy-In Proposal

Americans at the end of their working lives are increasingly facing greater uncertainty regarding health insurance and hence access to health care. This paper describes a proposal that would allow older persons not yet eligible for Medicare (under age 65) to “buy into” Medicare coverage. This paper is part of…

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Implications of the Medicare Modernization Act for States: Observations from a Focus Group Discussion with Medicaid Director – Report

Implications of The Medicare Modernization Act For States: Observations from a Focus Group Discussion with Medicaid DirectorsThis report summarizes a discussion with a group of state Medicaid officials about the impact of the Medicare prescription drug benefit on state Medicaid programs. Report (.pdf)

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Navigating Medicare and Medicaid: A Resource Guide for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates

Navigating Medicare and Medicaid: Resource Guides for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their AdvocatesThese guides explain the critical role Medicare and Medicaid have come to play in the lives and the futures of roughly 20 million children, adults, and seniors with disabilities – and give people with disabilities new…

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Summary of Final Regulations Implementing the New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

This document summarizes the final regulations to implement the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. The regulations were published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a final rule in the Jan. 28 Federal Register. It provides an overview that allows interested parties to obtain information about specific…

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Profile and Analysis of the 26 Medicare Advantage Regions

This issue brief examines the 26 new Medicare Advantage PPO regions and their implications for beneficiaries. The paper describes the characteristics of the new Medicare Advantage regions and the extent to which Medicare Advantage plans are already available in each region. It highlights the substantial gap between the current availability…

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Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Availability in 2013

This fact sheet contains 2013 state-specific summary data about available Medicare drug benefit options, including premium ranges and the number of plans available at no cost to qualifying beneficiaries. Fact Sheet (.pdf)

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Chartpack: Selected Findings on Seniors’ Views of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

Chartpack: Selected Findings on Seniors’ Views of the Medicare Prescription Drug BenefitThese charts highlight key data from the February 2006 tracking poll on seniors’ views toward the new Medicare drug benefit.Chartpack (.pdf)

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The Growth of Private Plans in Medicare, 2006

, details the different types of private plan options available to people on Medicare. These include Medicare Advantage plans (such as Medicare HMOs, PPOs and private fee-for-service plans) and new stand-alone prescription drug plans.• In 2006, all Medicare beneficiaries have access to at least one type of private Medicare Advantage…

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