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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

http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/ReportsTrustFunds/downloads/tr2014.pdf

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43474.pdf

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

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45553-PartD.pdf

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

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45552-PartD.pdf

 

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

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db159.pdf

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

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40486.pdf

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

 

The 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45471-Long-TermBudgetOutlook.pdf

Attempts to predict the federal budget outlook for the next 10 years and beyond.  Foresees period of stable deficits remaining at about 2.5 to 3% of GDP, but larger deficits after 2020 due to an aging population, rising health care costs, and an expansion of federal subsidies for health insurance.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Prescription Drugs: Comparison of DOD, Medicaid, and Medicare Part D Retail Reimbursement Prices

Categories: Defense/Military,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/664521.pdf

This report compares retail reimbursement prices paid by the Defense Department, Medicaid, and Medicare Part D for a sample of prescription drugs and describes factors affecting these prices. From the Government Accountability Office

 

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