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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Targeting Medicare Drug Benefits: Costs and Issues

This report, written by Marilyn Moon and Matthew Storeygard of the Urban Institute, estimates the potential cost of targeting drug benefits to low-income Medicare beneficiaries and those with catastrophic drug expenses and discusses some of the key programmatic issues that could arise under this approach. The authors predict that a…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Post-Election Survey: The Public and the Health Care Agenda for the New Administration and Congress

This Kaiser Family Foundation-Harvard School of Public Health survey, conducted immediately after the 2000 Presidential election, finds that health care issues ranked near the top of voters priorities for spending the surplus. Medicare ranked among the top three priorities, along with education and Social Security, and ahead of paying off…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Portraits of Women on Medicare: The Women of Friendship Terrace

This video features five older women who reside in an assisted living community in Washington, DC, as they share their experiences in the Medicare program and offer their insights on ways the program could be improved to better meet the health care needs of seniors. Video

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Private Long-Term Care Insurance:  Who Should Buy It and What Should They Buy?

Private Long-Term Care Insurance: Who Should Buy It and What Should They Buy?Despite the growing interest in private long-term care insurance (LTCI), there has been little independent examination of how much protection LTCI policies provide consumers or whether LTCI policies are a worthwhile purchase for people of average means. This…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Current Medicare Prescription Drug Debate: Briefing Charts

These briefing charts provide background information on prescription drug use and spending among the Medicare population, recent survey data on employers' likely reaction to a Medicare drug benefit, an overview of the proposals for prescription drug coverage passed by the House and Senate at the end of June 2003, and…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Effects of Formularies and Other Cost Management Tools on Access to Medications:  An Analysis of the MMA and the Final Rule

The Effects of Formularies and Other Cost Management Tools on Access to Medications: An Analysis of the MMA and the Final RuleThis report examines the formulary provisions of the final Medicare regulations implementing the new drug benefit, and their implications for people with Medicare who enroll in new drug plans.…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid Programs to Assist Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries: Working Paper on Medicare Savings Programs in Minnesota

This report is a case study of Minnesota's efforts to increase enrollment in their Medicare Savings Programs under Medicaid for low-income Medicare beneficiaries.Background Paper

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Dual Eligibles and Medicare Part D

This snapshot summarizes the latest information and policy issues about the enrollment of dual eligibles into the Medicare prescription drug benefit.Issue Brief (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Budget Control Act of 2011: Implications for Medicare

Beginning January 2013, Medicare spending will be subject to automatic, across-the-board reductions, known as “sequestration,” which is slated to reduce Medicare payments to plans and providers by up to 2 percent. This sequestration results from provisions in the Budget Control Act of 2011, which raised the debt ceiling and will…

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