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Transforming Medicare into a Premium Support System: Implications for Beneficiary Premiums

This study illustrates why geography would matter for Medicare beneficiaries under a premium support system that relies on a competitive bidding process envisioned under several key Medicare reform proposals. It examines potential changes in the premiums paid by Medicare beneficiaries under a payment approach that caps federal contributions per beneficiary…

Polling on Medicare Premium Support Systems Over Time

This data note reviews years of polling dating to 1995 to gauge public opinion on proposals to change Medicare to a premium support system, an idea embraced by GOP presidential nominee Governor Mitt Romney and rejected by President Obama. Under the proposed change, the federal government would provide people on Medicare a fixed amount of money that could be applied toward the cost of health insurance purchased either from private insurers or the traditional Medicare program. The data note outlines historical trends in public opinion on the issue, reviews recent results and examines possible reasons for variation in the findings of different polls.

Whom Does the Public Trust More on Health Care and Medicare?

This data note reviews takes a historical look at the public’s views of whom they trust more, Democrats or Republicans, when it comes to health care policy and Medicare policy and analyzes these views in the context of the current presidential election, in which both issues are playing a prominent…

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…

Medicare Restructuring: The FEHBP Model A Summary – Report

Medicare Restructuring: The FEHBP ModelExecutive SummaryAs policymakers consider measures to assure the long-range solvency of Medicare, one option that has received increasing attention is a “premium support” system. Under such a system beneficiaries would choose between the original Medicare fee-for-service program and a variety of competing health plans. They would…