What’s in There? The New Health Reform Law and Medicare

As part of an ongoing series to explore what is in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, this May 7 briefing sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation examines how the reform law affects Medicare. Changes to Medicare were among the most hotly debated issues as the legislation was developed, and this briefing includes a detailed look at the key provisions that made it into the final law and what it means for Medicare beneficiaries, the federal budget and the health care industry.

The discussion addresses key questions including: How will the new law change Medicare’s benefits and cost-sharing for beneficiaries? How will changes in Medicare provider payments affect access to care? How is the Part D prescription drug “doughnut hole” addressed? What provisions affect quality of care and prevention? How would the Medicare Advantage program be changed? What new payment approaches are to be tried in Medicare pilot programs, and how can the results from those pilots be applied more broadly? What will be the role of the new Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center? Of the Independent Payment Advisory Board?

For more information, please visit Alliance’s event page.

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Speakers for this session:

The panel is co-moderated by Diane Rowland of the Kaiser Family Foundation and Ed Howard of the Alliance for Health Reform.

Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Blum of the CMS Center for Medicare Management
  • Thomas Ault of Health Policy Alternatives
  • Tricia Neuman, Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President; Director, Medicare Policy Project

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