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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

How States Are Responding to the Challenge of Financing Health Care for Retirees

State governments are an important source of health insurance coverage for retired state employees. Confronted with rising health care costs, budget deficits, and an overall downturn in the economy, this report describes how states are responding to the challenge of financing health care for retirees who tend to be sicker…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare Advantage Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Medicare Advantage program, describes program changes made by the new health reform law in plan participation and beneficiary enrollment, presents data on benefits and premiums, and explains changes in Medicare payments to participating plans.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Effects of Formularies and Other Cost Management Tools on Access to Medications:  An Analysis of the MMA and the Final Rule

The Effects of Formularies and Other Cost Management Tools on Access to Medications: An Analysis of the MMA and the Final RuleThis report examines the formulary provisions of the final Medicare regulations implementing the new drug benefit, and their implications for people with Medicare who enroll in new drug plans.…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid Programs to Assist Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries: Working Paper on Medicare Savings Programs in Minnesota

This report is a case study of Minnesota's efforts to increase enrollment in their Medicare Savings Programs under Medicaid for low-income Medicare beneficiaries.Background Paper

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Dual Eligibles and Medicare Part D

This snapshot summarizes the latest information and policy issues about the enrollment of dual eligibles into the Medicare prescription drug benefit.Issue Brief (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Budget Control Act of 2011: Implications for Medicare

Beginning January 2013, Medicare spending will be subject to automatic, across-the-board reductions, known as “sequestration,” which is slated to reduce Medicare payments to plans and providers by up to 2 percent. This sequestration results from provisions in the Budget Control Act of 2011, which raised the debt ceiling and will…

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Pulling it Together: 2012: The ACA, and More

What is remarkable about 2012 (and the current era in health policy) is how many big health policy issues and marketplace changes will be in play at the same time: HEALTH REFORM: There is the implementation of a historic but fragile health reform law, with a Supreme Court decision pending…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Resources on Dual Eligibles and Issues Related to Their Transition to the New Medicare Drug Benefit

With the new Medicare prescription drug benefit available as of January 1, 2006, over 6 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities who are enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare—also known as dual eligibles—have been transitioned from Medicaid drug coverage to new Medicare drug plans. While there are many policy…

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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 – Fact Sheet

Medicare Beneficiaries and HMOs:Highlights of the Los Angeles and New York City Medicare HMO MarketsJanuary 1998Case studies prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.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…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Summary/Chartpack: National Survey of Pharmacists and National Survey of Physicians, Findings on Medicare Part D

This document highlights key data from separate surveys of pharmacists and physicians related to the new Medicare drug benefit. Chartpack (.pdf)

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