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Medicaid Matters For Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries: A Video

In this video, Mildred Benham, a 68 year-old dual enrollee who lives in Bloomington, Illinois, describes the role Medicaid plays in providing services that Medicare does not, such as prescription drugs and personal care. Mildred is a typical dual enrollee in that she has multiple conditions, such as fibrosis of…

Medicare-Medicaid Policy Interactions

Because over seven million elderly and disabled individuals are entitled to benefits under both Medicare and Medicaid, policy changes in one program not only affect both coverage and spending in the other but also impact access to services by individuals eligible for both programs. This primer summarizes two key policy…

Selected Survey Findings of the Medicare Rx Drug Law – Survey Toplines

Seniors are confused about the Medicare prescription drug law. Below are survey toplines of selected findings from the January/February 2004 Kaiser Health Poll Report survey. The findings show that while about two-thirds of seniors report following the debate closely, just 15% say they understand the new prescription drug law very…

The Implications of Medicare Prescription Drug Proposals for Employers and Retirees

This report examines the potential savings for employers who currently represent the largest source of drug coverage for seniors. The study finds substantial savings for large employers under comprehensive Medicare prescription drug proposals ranging from $5-8.5 billion in 2003 to $10-$15 billion in 2009. It also finds that the majority…

Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Prescription Drug Costs

Prescription Drug CostsDownload a printable .pdf of Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Prescription Drug Costs.IssueBackgroundOptions for for making prescription drugs more affordableAssessing Candidate PositionsIssueHealth care costs in general have grown faster than the economy. Although still only a modest part of total health care spending in the United States…

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