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An In-Depth Examination of Formularies and Other Features of Medicare Drug Plans

This study of Medicare Part D plans offered in 2006 examines formularies, drug costs and utilization management tools in drug plans offered by 14 national and near-national organizations. Collectively, these organizations account for 1,222 of the 1,429 Part D plans available to Medicare beneficiaries. The analysis finds that Medicare’s new, private,…

Issue Briefs Describe Changes in Private Plan Market and Effects on Medicare Beneficiaries

These two issue briefs describe the different types of private plan options available to people on Medicare, identify key characteristics of the organizations offering the new Medicare drug benefit, and analyze how companies are positioning themselves to attract Medicare enrollees.The Growth of Private Plans in Medicare, 2006The Landscape of Private…

The Growth of Private Plans in Medicare, 2006

, details the different types of private plan options available to people on Medicare. These include Medicare Advantage plans (such as Medicare HMOs, PPOs and private fee-for-service plans) and new stand-alone prescription drug plans.• In 2006, all Medicare beneficiaries have access to at least one type of private Medicare Advantage…

The Landscape of Private Firms Offering Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage in 2006

describes key characteristics of the organizations that offer the new Medicare drug benefit and analyzes how companies are positioning themselves to attract Medicare enrollees.• Seven of the 10 organizations that sponsor stand-alone prescription drug plans nationwide are based in commercial insurance firms with substantial Medicare Advantage experience, and three of…

The President’s FY 2007 Budget Proposal: Overview and Briefing Charts

This chartpack reviews the President’s FY 2007 budget request to Congress and highlights overall budget assumptions and funding for major health programs. It begins with a description of the federal budget process, followed by summary information on the overall composition of the Administration’s budget. Overall, the budget includes net reductions…

Medicare-Medicaid Policy Interactions

Because over seven million elderly and disabled individuals are entitled to benefits under both Medicare and Medicaid, policy changes in one program not only affect both coverage and spending in the other but also impact access to services by individuals eligible for both programs. This primer summarizes two key policy…

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