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National Survey on Medicare: The Next Big Health Policy Debate?

A survey of Americans on their knowledge and opinions about the proposed options for Medicare reform finds that most Americans know Medicare faces problems, but are not ready to make hard choices and are not well informed on the options, including Medicare+Choice. The Kaiser/Harvard National Survey on Medicare is a…

Medicare: The Basics, A Public Dialogue on Health Care: The Future of Medicare

A public education brochure describing basic facts about the current Medicare program and how it works. This fact sheet is included in a full packet of information as part of a joint public information project between Kaiser Family Foundation and League of Women Voters of public meetings held across the…

Protection For Consumers In Managed Care Plans: A Comparison Of Medicare, Medicaid and the Private Insurance Market

This policy paper describes key requirements of consumer protection regulation under Medicare, Medicaid and federal and state laws as they apply to private health insurance. These include choice and availability of plans, disclosure of information, marketing, access, quality, and the grievance and appeals process. The discussion highlights differences and similarities…

Medicare Beneficiaries and HMOs: A Case Study of the Tampa-St. Petersburg Market

This case study of the evolution of Medicare managed care in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida, is one of four in a series being prepared by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., for the Kaiser Family Foundation to examine the growth and impact of Medicare managed care. The Medicare risk (HMO) program has developed…