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Testimony: Promoting Integrated and Coordinated Care for Medicare Beneficiaries

On June 7, 2017, Gretchen Jacobson, an associate director with the Program on Medicare Policy, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health. Her testimony focused on the challenges and opportunities presented by three approaches for integrating and coordinating care for high-cost, high-need Medicare beneficiaries, many of whom are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

Health Affairs Blog: Medicare Premium Support Proposals Could Increase Costs for Today’s Seniors, Despite Assurances

A look at how proposals to convert Medicare to a premium support system could lead to higher Medicare premiums and cost-sharing for seniors currently enrolled in the program, even if today’s seniors are “grandfathered” and the new system is phased-in for people ages 55 and younger.

Key Questions

Private Contracts Between Doctors and Medicare Patients: Key Questions and Implications of Proposed Policy Changes

  • What is private contracting in Medicare?
  • How would recent proposals change Medicare laws on private contracting?
  • What are the implications for beneficiaries and physicians?
  • What are the potential effects on Medicare spending?

Searching for Savings in Medicare Drug Price Negotiations

Allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs is a popular idea — but would it save money?

Side-By-Side of Medicare Provisions in Bills and Proposals to Repeal & Replace the ACA

  • “American Health Care Reform Act of 2017,” H.R. 277, January 2017.
  • “A Better Way,” June 2016.
  • “World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan Act of 2016,” H.R. 5284 and S. 2985, May 2016.
  • “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America,” FY2017 Budget Resolution, March 2016.
  • “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015,” H.R. 3762.
  • “Empowering Patients First Act of 2015,” H.R. 2300, May 2015.

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