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RESOURCES, INFORMATION ON "DUAL ELIGIBLES"

Elderly CoupleMedicaid and Medicare dual-eligible beneficiaries are a varied group, but many have extensive health care needs, stemming from multiple illnesses and disabilities. Full duals make up 13 percent of the combined population of Medicare enrollees and aged, blind or disabled Medicaid enrollees, but they account for 34 percent of the two programs’ total spending on those enrollees.

 

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HEALTHCARE SPENDING AND MEDICARE

Dr and patientThe Protecting Access to Medicare Act extends the authorization for physician reimbursement under Medicare and extends expiring program authorizations and/or appropriations effecting Medicaid programs. A summary of key provisions signed into law April 1, 2014. 

 

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MEDICARE BASICS

Medicare serves approximately one in seven Americans and virtually all of the population aged 65 and over. Allthough Medicare is a federal program, states have interest in segments of the program providing assistance to low income Medicare beneficiaries, support graduate medical education and disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments in local facilities, and especially how care may be coordinated for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

 

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FEDERAL MEDICARE RESOURCES

This page offers resources and information on the federal Medicare program.

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OVERVIEW

Medicare is a federal insurance program that provides health care coverage to one in six Americans and virtually all of the population aged 65 and over. An estimated one third of all Medicare beneficiaries have annual incomes that are less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). Medicare significantly impacts beneficiaries, states, and the economy in general through coverage of important health care benefits for the aged and disabled; the payment of premiums, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance for low-income beneficiaries through the Medicare Savings Program (MSP); its payment of providers who supply health care services; and the cost-savings in the Medicaid program by acting as the primary payer for dual-eligible beneficiaries.  

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  • Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014

    The Protecting Access to Medicare Act extends the authorization for physician reimbursement under Medicare under current law (Sustainable Growth Rate or SGR) through March 31, 2015, and extends certain Medicaid programs.

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