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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

How Popular Is The Idea Of Changing Medicare To A Defined Contribution Plan?

In March 2011, House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan released his “Path to Prosperity” budget plan, which included a proposal to change Medicare from a defined benefit program into one in which the government pays a specific amount towards the cost of private health insurance for each enrollee. Surveys conducted…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Pulling It Together: Medicare, Medicaid, and The Multiplier Effect

We are witnessing a battle in Washington right now about the future of health care’s two big public programs, Medicare and Medicaid. It’s a budget battle, it’s an ideological battle, it’s a partisan political battle, and while it might not always be obvious following the debate, it’s a high stakes…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Transition of Dual Eligibles to Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage: State Actions During Implementation

This 50-state survey of Medicaid officials assesses states’ early experience relating to the transition of low-income seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare (dual eligibles) to the Medicare Part D drug benefit. Conducted by Health Management Associates, the survey covers the types of problems observed by…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

An In-Depth Examination of Formularies and Other Features

of Medicare Drug PlansThis study examines formularies, drug costs and utilization management tools in drug plans offered by 14 national and near-national organizations. Collectively, these organizations account for 1,222 of the 1,429 packages available to Medicare beneficiaries.The analysis finds that Medicare’s new, private, stand-alone drug plans vary significantly in terms…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Oversight and Enforcement of Medicare Part D Plan Requirements:  Federal Role and Responsibilities

Oversight and Enforcement of Medicare Part D Plan Requirements: Federal Role and ResponsibilitiesThis Issue Brief was commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation to gain insights into legal advocates’ views of how federal authorities enforce compliance with requirements of the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.The report was prepared by…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Implications of the New Medicare Law for Dual Eligibles:  10 Key Questions and Answers

Implications of the New Medicare Law for Dual Eligibles: 10 Key Questions and AnswersThis publication is designed to provide a more detailed explanation of the change in drug coverage policy for dual eligibles under the new Medicare law, as well as explore its implications for the individuals affected by it.Issue…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Summary of Low-Income Subsidy Program in Final Medicare Bill

This one page document summarizes the provisions in the new Medicare law that deal with providing financial subsidies to low-income beneficiaries for their drug coverage.Issue Paper (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Chartpack: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — December 2009

This document contains the chartpack from the December Health Tracking Poll. The survey was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and was conducted December 7 through December 13, 2009, among a nationally representative random sample of 1,204 adults ages 18 and older. Telephone interviews…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The President’s FY 2006 Budget Proposal:

Overview and Briefing ChartsThis chartpack reviews the President’s FY 2006 budget request to Congress and highlights overall budget assumptions and funding for major health programs. It begins with a description of the federal budget process, followed by an overview of federal surplus/deficit spending patterns dating back to 1969. It then…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare’s Role for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries

About 9 million low-income seniors and younger people with disabilities in the United States are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. This brief examines the role of Medicare in providing health coverage for these beneficiaries. Medicare is the primary source of health insurance, while Medicaid provides supplemental coverage, helping with…

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