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Cost Containment Strategies For Prescription Drugs: Assessing The Evidence In The Literature

This report describes and reviews various options to address prescription drug spending growth, including a description of each cost-containment strategy, its use by private or public payers, and a discussion of known evidence about its effectiveness or cost-saving potential. It was prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation by Jack Hoadley,…

The Facts on Medicare Spending and Financing

This fact sheet provides an overview of spending on the Medicare program and how the program is financed. It examines historical, recent, and future trends in Medicare spending, including the recent slowdown partially attributable to provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and includes the latest available data on Medicare financing.

The Role of Private Plans in Medicare

Enrollment in private health plans has grown sharply since the enactment of the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003, which created a Medicare drug benefit to be provided by private plans and created incentives for new private plans to enter the Medicare market. Today, virtually all Medicare beneficiaries–including those living in…

Medicare Payments and Beneficiary Costs for Prescription Drug Coverage

This March 2007 issue brief, commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation, provides a basic introduction to the reimbursement system for private Medicare drug plans. It explains the system of plan bidding and payment, including the special provisions for low-income enrollees, and considers how aspects of the payment system may affect…

Papers on Issues For People With Medicare Raised By Proposed Drug Benefit Regulations

Papers on Issues For People With Medicare Raised By Proposed Drug Benefit RegulationsThe Kaiser Family Foundation has commissioned a series of papers to explore key issues that may be of concern for Medicare beneficiaries as the new Medicare drug benefit is implemented. These papers focus on specific areas of potential…

May/June 2005 Kaiser Health Poll Report: Toplines

May/June 2005 Kaiser Health Poll Report – ToplinesThe May/June Kaiser Health Poll Report featured topic explores the public’s views on long-term care. The featured topic includes current expectations about paying for nursing home care, views on nursing homes, and attitudes about the government’s role in regulating nursing home quality. The…

Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Medicare Coverage and Financing

Medicare Coverage and Financing Download a printable .pdf of Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Medicare Coverage and Financing. IssueBackgroundPolicy Challenges Facing MedicareAssessing Candidate PositionsIssueThe Medicare program is a valuable source of health insurance coverage for more than 41 million Americans. Medicare enjoys broad public support, but the program faces…