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2015 Medicare Part B Premiums and Deductibles to Remain the Same as Last Two Years

Categories: Elderly,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Agency press release which announces prices for Medicare Part B physicians’ services for 2015 which are set at $104.90 for those with income equal or less than $85,000.  From the Department of Health and Human Services


Noncitizen Eligibility for Federal Public Assistance: Policy Overview and Trends

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Medicare/Medicaid,Welfare/Social Services

Examines the degree to which residents of the U.S. who are not citizens are eligible for assistance from the four major federal means-tested benefit programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Medicaid.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


2014 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Annual report on the prospects for the trust funds that operate the Medicare program.  Credits the Affordable Care Act for slowing the rate of growth in expenses and extending the life of the trust fund that finances the hospital insurance program until 2030, four years longer than reported last year.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Delays, Extensions, and Other Actions Taken by the Administration

Categories: Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Taxes

Covers actions taken by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Internal Revenue Service to delay, extend, or otherwise modify the law’s implementation.  A periodic report on implementation of the ACA.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Examining the Number of Competitors and the Cost of Medicare Part D

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid

This working paper examines the relationship between the number of competing plan sponsors and the cost of Part D, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, during the program’s first five years.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Competition and the Cost of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid


Examines the cost trends since the prescription drug benefit was added to Medicare by 2003 legislation; finds that spending was lower for the program than anticipated especially in areas of the country where more plan sponsors competed for beneficiaries.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Rural Residents Who are Hospitalized in Rural and Urban Hospitals: United States, 2010

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Elderly,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Rural areas are medically underserved and rural hospitals are usually small with a low volume of services.  This study compares characteristics of rural residents who use rural hospitals (60%) with those who travel to urban hospitals (40%) for medical care. Finds that those who used rural hospitals were older and more likely to be on Medicare. From the National Center for Health Statistics


Block Grants: Perspectives and Controversies

Categories: Federal State Relations,Food/Nutrition,Govt Processes/Organization,Medicare/Medicaid

Provides an overview of the six block grant types, the arguments for and against the use of block grants to achieve national goals, the historical role of block grants in American federalism, recent changes to existing grants, and proposals to create new ones. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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