The share varies from a low of 70 percent in the District of Columbia to a high of 94 percent in Idaho to a low of 70 percent in the District of Columbia. The analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides clear evidence of the toll that the novel coronavirus has taken on older Americans. It also provides a more detailed picture of where the impact on seniors has been the greatest.
This Policy Watch post discusses the latest Medicare Hospital Insurance trust fund solvency projections, which show the extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt Medicare’s financial outlook, and foreshadow the tough choices facing the next President and Congress.
Potential changes in mail service delivery could be a concern for people who receive prescription drugs from mail-order pharmacies. To understand who may be most affected by delays in the delivery of prescription drugs, we analyzed use of mail order in Medicare Part D and large group employer plans.
Private insurers typically pay more than twice as much as Medicare for services likely to be used by patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Our analysis also shows there is much wider variation in private insurance payment rates than Medicare payments for all services we analyzed.
Hospitals and other providers are asking Congress for more time to repay — or even forgive — the $100 billion in Medicare accelerated and advance payments that eased the blow of the COVID-19 pandemic. We explain the programs and the implications of modifying repayment terms.
Congress, the Trump Administration and the Biden campaign have all proposed ways to lower prescription drug costs. Our chartpack summarizes key elements in these proposals and their likely impact on prices, people and federal spending.
A relatively small share of people with Medicare Advantage or stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage voluntarily switch plans during Medicare’s open enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7.