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How Many Seniors Are Living in Poverty? National and State Estimates Under the Official and Supplemental Poverty Measures in 2016

This analysis presents national and state estimates of poverty under two different measures of poverty for adults ages 65 and older. Current estimates of poverty based on the Supplemental Poverty Measure–which takes into account financial resources and liabilities, out-of-pocket medical spending, and geographic variation in housing costs–indicate that the share (and number) of older adults who are struggling financially is larger than is conveyed by the official poverty measure.

The Financial Burden of Health Care Spending: Larger for Medicare Households than for Non-Medicare Households

Medicare offers health and financial protection to nearly 60 million adults ages 65 and over and younger people with disabilities. However, the high cost of premiums, cost-sharing requirements, and gaps in the Medicare benefit package can result in beneficiaries devoting a substantial share of their total household spending to health care costs.This analysis compares health-related expenses as a share of total household spending for Medicare and non-Medicare households, using the 2016 Consumer Expenditure Survey. We estimate how much Medicare and non-Medicare households spent on health care, including premiums, compared to other household spending (e.g., housing, transportation, and food).

“What is CMMI?” and 11 other FAQs about the CMS Innovation Center

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), also known as the “Innovation Center,” was authorized under the Affordable Care Act with the goals of designing, implementing, and testing new payment and delivery system reform models to address concerns about rising costs, quality of care, and inefficient spending. These FAQs provide an overview of the Innovation Center, as well as details on model performance, beneficiary involvement, and more.

Summary of Recent and Proposed Changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage and Reimbursement

On February 9, 2018 the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which included some provisions related to Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Shortly thereafter, the Office of Management and Budget released the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget, which also included several proposals related to Medicare Part D drug coverage and Part B drug reimbursement. This brief summarizes these recently enacted and proposed changes.

Medicare Beneficiaries’ Out-of-Pocket Health Care Spending as a Share of Income Now and Projections for the Future

Medicare helps pay for the health care needs of 59 million people, including adults ages 65 and over and younger adults with permanent disabilities. Even so, many people on Medicare incur relatively high out-of-pocket costs for their health care. This report assesses the current and projected out-of-pocket health care spending burden among Medicare beneficiaries, analyzing spending as a share of Social Security income and total income, for beneficiaries overall, and by demographic, socioeconomic, and health status measures, for 2013 and projections for 2030.

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – January 2018: The Public’s Priorities and Next Steps for the Affordable Care Act

With the 2018 midterm elections still about ten months away, the January Kaiser Health Tracking poll examines what issues voters most want 2018 midterm candidates to talk about during their upcoming campaigns. Health care is at the top of a group of issues but health care is less important to Republicans and among voters in battleground states. While Congress is currently debating a budget to keep the government funded beyond February 8, 2018, the poll also examines the public’s priorities for President Trump and Congress and measures support for reducing federal funding for government programs.

Health Care Ranks Among Voters’ Top Issues for the 2018 Midterm Elections, But It’s a Lower Priority Among Voters in Battleground States and Districts

Only One in Three Know the Tax Reform Law Repeals the ACA’s Unpopular Individual Mandate Health care and the economy and jobs top voters’ list as “the most important issue” for Congressional candidates to talk about ahead of November’s midterm elections, but the lineup shifts among voters in states and…

Tax Cuts Could Make It Harder to Change Medicare, Medicaid

In this Axios column, Drew Altman discusses how cutting Medicare and Medicaid has always been a challenge, but if the public comes to view “entitlement reform” as a means to pay for tax cuts, the GOP will have an even stiffer challenge, including with their base.

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