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The Facts on Medicare Spending and Financing

Medicare spending was 15 percent of total federal spending in 2016, and is projected to rise to 17.5 percent by 2027.

What Are the Implications of Repealing the ACA for Medicare Spending and Beneficiaries?

How Repeal Could Affect:

  • Premiums and Benefits for Beneficiaries
  • Payments to Medicare Advantage Plans and Health Care Providers
  • Solvency of the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund

How the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Could Affect Coverage and Premiums for Older Adults

  • 4 million more older adults are projected to be uninsured by 2026.
  • Silver and Bronze plan net premiums would be higher for older adults at most income levels.
  • Loss of coverage for adults in their 50s and early 60s could have ripple effects for Medicare.

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.

Nursing Facilities, Staffing, Residents and Facility Deficiencies, 2009 Through 2015

This report can help policymakers and the public understand recent trends in nursing facility care.

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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