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The Faces of Medicare

The Medicare beneficiary population is often described in homogenous terms, yet those covered by the program vary significantly in terms of their health, income, supplemental insurance status, and medical service use. profiles the following six groups within the Medicare population, providing basic information, trends and data: Healthy retirees, who represent…

Beneath the Averages: An Analysis of Medicare and Private Expenditures

This report compares Medicare and private health insurance per capita spending between 1970 and 1997, demonstrating that Medicare has done better or as well as the private sector in controlling the growth in health spending. Using National Health Expenditure accounts data, the analysis reveals the cumulative increase in per capita…

How Medicare HMO Withdrawals Affect Beneficiary Benefits, Costs, and Continuity of Care

Results from the 1999 Survey of Experiences with Medicare HMOsThis report examines the effects of Medicare HMO withdrawals on elderly and disabled beneficiaries who were involuntarily disenrolled from their HMO at the end of 1998. Based on a nationally-representative survey, the report describes new insurance arrangements made by beneficiaries after…

Kaiser /Harvard Survey of Americans on Health Policy

A telephone survey of 1,011 adults (between June 20 and July 9, 1996) about how health care reform (specically Medicare reform, MSAs and the Kassebaum/Kennedy bill) fits into the upcoming Novemeber election. The survey was designed by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Harvard University, and Princeton Survey Research Associates (PSRA). The…

Overview of Selected Medicare Provisions: A Side-by-Side Comparison of Medicare Current Law with Selected House and Senate Provisions to the Balanced – Report

Understanding the Growth in Medicare's Home Health ExpendituresOverview Of Selected Medicare Provisions:A Side-by-Side Comparison of Medicare Current Law with House and Senate Provisions to the Balanced Budget Act of 1997Prepared by: Health Policy Alternatives, Inc.Prepared for: The Henry J. Kaiser Family FoundationJuly 1997PrefaceThis report, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, presents…

Medicare State Profiles: State and Regional Data on Medicare and the Population it Serves

Although Medicare is a national program, there are substantial variations across states and regions in terms of beneficiary characteristics, health needs, and utilization of Medicare-covered services. Likewise, there are also considerable differences in Medicare spending and the emergence of Medicare managed care. In a single resource document, , presents state-by-state…

Analysis of Benefits Offered By Medicare HMOs, 1999: Complexities and Implications

This report analyzes supplemental benefits offered and premiums charged by Medicare HMOs nationwide in 1999, assessing the generosity of selected benefits, including prescription drugs. The study finds that the level of monthly premiums charged by Medicare HMOs, and the generosity of many supplemental benefits, especially prescription drugs, vary widely within…