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Medicare Restructuring: The FEHBP Model

This report provides a comprehensive description of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and compares the FEHBP and Medicare programs as they are currently structured. It reviews evidence on the performance of FEHBP and examines the implications of restructuring Medicare to conform to a FEHBP-based plan. Overall, the report…

Medicare’s Role for Latinos

Medicare’s Role for LatinosFact Sheet: The Medicare Program: Medicare’s Role For Latinos

Medicare Part D 2009 Data Spotlight: Premiums

This Medicare Part D data spotlight analyzes the premiums charged by the 1,689 stand-alone Medicare Part D plans that will be offered in markets across the country in 2009. The analysis finds premiums charged for Part D plans range widely, from $10.30 per month to $136.80 per month. If current…

Medicare Part D 2009 Data Spotlight: Low-Income Subsidy Plan Availability

This Medicare Part D Data Spotlight focuses on the availability of drug plans for beneficiaries receiving the Part D low-income subsidy in 2009 and changes since 2006. For 2009, fewer than one in five plans qualify for automatic or facilitated enrollment of low-income subsidy beneficiaries, the lowest share since the…

Chartpack — The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the New President and Congress

Chartpack — The Public’s Health Care Agenda for the New President and CongressThis chartpack provides the key findings from the survey of the public’s attitudes regarding the health care agenda for President Obama and the new Congress in 2009. It assesses the relative priority placed on health care by the…

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…

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…