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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Cost and Access Challenges: A Comparison of Experiences Between Uninsured and Privately Insured Adults Aged 55 to 64 with Seniors on Medicare

This analysis looks at the difficulties uninsured people ages 55-64 have accessing and affording health care in 2010. Four in 10 of these near-seniors report having unmet health care needs or delaying treatment, while three in 10 uninsured near-seniors lived in families reporting problems paying their medical bills largely due…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Transforming Medicare into a Premium Support System: Implications for Beneficiary Premiums

This study illustrates why geography would matter for Medicare beneficiaries under a premium support system that relies on a competitive bidding process envisioned under several key Medicare reform proposals. It examines potential changes in the premiums paid by Medicare beneficiaries under a payment approach that caps federal contributions per beneficiary…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Polling on Medicare Premium Support Systems Over Time

This data note reviews years of polling dating to 1995 to gauge public opinion on proposals to change Medicare to a premium support system, an idea embraced by GOP presidential nominee Governor Mitt Romney and rejected by President Obama. Under the proposed change, the federal government would provide people on Medicare a fixed amount of money that could be applied toward the cost of health insurance purchased either from private insurers or the traditional Medicare program. The data note outlines historical trends in public opinion on the issue, reviews recent results and examines possible reasons for variation in the findings of different polls.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Whom Does the Public Trust More on Health Care and Medicare?

This data note reviews takes a historical look at the public’s views of whom they trust more, Democrats or Republicans, when it comes to health care policy and Medicare policy and analyzes these views in the context of the current presidential election, in which both issues are playing a prominent…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Best Bets for Reducing Medicare Costs for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries: Assessing the Evidence

With pressure mounting to slow the growth in federal health care spending, policymakers are exploring ways to reform the way care is delivered to the 9 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries who also receive Medicaid – a group that on average is sicker and frailer than other Medicare beneficiaries, and therefore…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare Beneficiaries and HMOs: Highlights of Los Angeles and New York City Medicare HMO Markets

A growing number of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolling in Medicare HMOs as an alternative to the traditional Medicare program. However, Medicare HMO enrollment has not grown uniformly in market areas across the country. Case studies conducted by researchers at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. for The Kaiser Family Foundation describe the…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare Restructuring: The FEHBP Model A Summary – Report

Medicare Restructuring: The FEHBP ModelExecutive SummaryAs policymakers consider measures to assure the long-range solvency of Medicare, one option that has received increasing attention is a “premium support” system. Under such a system beneficiaries would choose between the original Medicare fee-for-service program and a variety of competing health plans. They would…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare: Options for Reform, A Public Dialogue on Health Care: The Future of Medicare – (Spanish)

Medicare: Options for Reform, A Public Dialogue on Health Care: The Future of Medicare – (Spanish)Report: Medicare: Opciones para la reforma

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare/Medicaid Dual Eligibles: Fiscal and Social Responsibilities for Vulnerable Populations

Report: Medicare/Medicaid Dual Eligibles: Fiscal And Social Responsibility For Vulnerable Populations

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