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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Health Poll Report Survey: Seniors’ Early Experiences with the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

Kaiser Health Poll Report Survey: Seniors’ Early Experiences with the Medicare Prescription Drug BenefitThis April 2006 tracking poll finds that most seniors enrolled in a Medicare drug plan are satisfied with their plan and are not having trouble getting the drugs they need. Most seniors enrolled in plans reported filling…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Chartpack: Seniors’ Early Experiences with the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

Chartpack: Seniors’ Early Experiences with the Medicare Prescription Drug BenefitThese charts highlight key data from the April 2006 tracking poll on seniors’ early experiences with the new Medicare drug benefit.Chartpack (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Premiums and Cost Sharing Features in Medicare’s New Prescription Drug Program, 2006

Premiums and Cost-Sharing Features in Medicare's New Prescription Drug Program, 2006When Congress created the Medicare drug benefit in 2003, it also sought to generate more private plan options for senior and disabled beneficiaries in Medicare, with increased payments to attract sponsors and to support added benefits attractive to enrollees, especially…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Retired Steelworkers and Their Health Benefits: Results from a 2004 Survey

This Kaiser survey report looks at how the bankruptcies of two steel companies, the LTV Corporation and Bethlehem Steel, affected health coverage for the companies' retirees and dependents. The bankruptcies left about 200,000 retirees and spouses without retiree health coverage in 2002 and 2003. The report provides insight into the…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Toplines: Seniors’ Early Experiences With Their New Medicare Drug Plans – June 2006

Toplines: Seniors’ Early Experiences With Their New Medicare Drug Plans – June 2006These toplines contain the detailed results from the June 2006 tracking poll on seniors’ early enrollment experiences with the Medicare drug benefit.Toplines (.pdf)

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