Medicare Summary And Chronology From Center For American Progress
See the American Progress special series, Undoing the Damage: Medicare Policy Series.
from the Medicare Prescription Drug Regulation: The Good, the Bad,
and the Ugly, by Jeanne M. Lambrew, August 12, 2004
the Administration issued the proposed regulation that will guide
the implementation of the drug benefit in the Medicare Prescription
Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.
Opportunities for Medicare, by Terri Shaw, July 28, 2004
new Medicare prescription drug benefit, signed into law by President
Bush in December 2003 and set to begin in January 2006, is widely
acknowledged to be the biggest change in the history of the
Policies Could Limit Access to Necessary Medications, by Jeffrey
S. Crowley, July 20, 2004
A key feature of the Medicare
Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 is its
reliance on private insurers (stand alone-drug insurers and Medicare
Advantage plans) to negotiate drug prices and reduce program
Paper: Fifty Concerns about the Medicare Law, and Ideas on How To
Fix Them, by Jeanne M. Lambrew, July 22, 2004
One of the few
statements accepted across the political spectrum is that the
implications of the new Medicare law are enormous.
Pot of Gold in Privatization, by Maya Rockeymoore, March 26,
Tuesday's release of the annual report of the Social
Security and Medicare trustees presented dark forecasts about the
state of the trust funds.
and Social Security Successful Despite Privatization Rhetoric,
March 24, 2004
Today's retirees can find solace in the guaranteed
benefits of Medicare and Social Security.
Threatens Medicare and Social Security, March 23, 2004
expected, the annual report from the Medicare and Social Security
trustees released today shows severe projected shortfalls for both
Worsens Outlook for Medicare and Social Security, by Terri Shaw
and Christian Weller, March 22, 2004
Americans are anxious about
their retirement, and for good reason. Private health insurers are
providing fewer benefits at greater costs, and private pensions are
the Right Approaches to Chronic Care in Medicare, by Jane
Horvath and Robert Berenson, March 19, 2004
care for people with complex and multiple chronic conditions
requires the involvement of physicians and coordination among
multiple treating physicians.
$80 Million for Medicare Ads Could Be Used For, March 16,
According to news reports, the Bush administration is now on
track to spend $80 million of taxpayer money this year for partisan
advertisements, inaccurate fliers and counterfeit newscasts to spin
the truth about the recently passed Medicare bill.
Administration Deceptions on Medicare Bill, March 15,
The public learned this weekend that the Bush administration
used actors posing as journalists to defend the Medicare bill in
television segments produced for local stations.
Threatened Truth-teller on Medicare Bill, March 12, 2004
behind-the-scenes intrigues surrounding the passage of the
controversial Medicare prescription-drug bill last fall continue to
Drug Reimportation: The Law and Its Problems, February 24,
The new Medicare law does little to lower U.S. drug prices
and thus prevent Americans from seeking less-expensive drugs from
Canada. Yet, the law allows the Secretary of Health and Human
Services to block efforts to implement safe systems for reimporting
less expensive, FDA-approved, U.S.-made drugs.
Politics with Medicare, February 5, 2004
surrounding the new Medicare legislation become more sinister every
vs. Facts: Medicare Political Advertising, February 5,
Drug Prices: Harnessing Medicares Purchasing Power, by Terri
Shaw, January 28, 2004
In his State of the Union address this
year, President Bush urged members of Congress to work with him to
help control the rising costs of medical care. Just months ago,
however, the president worked with Congressional leaders to block
attempts to control the fastest growing health care cost:
Would Elsie Blanton Fare?, January 21, 2004
invited Elsie Blanton, a senior from Apopka, Florida, to sit in the
gallery for his State of the Union address. Clearly Ms. Blanton
needs and deserves help with her prescription drug costs. But how
would she fare under the new Medicare law?
Halliburton of Medicare?, December 12, 2003
On December 11,
2003, the American Progress Progress Report released an examination
of the relationship between President Bush and the owner of one of
the largest pharmacy benefits management companies in the U.S. Soon
after its publication, the story was widely cited, on December
vs. Facts: Medicare Bill Signing, December 8, 2003
Cause for Celebration, by John Podesta, December 8,
Today, at the White House bill signing of the Medicare
legislation, backs will be slapped, corks will be popped and the
hands of smiling politicians will be firmly shaken.
Progress Medicare Roundtable Transcript, December 4, 2003
in the Fine Print: Ten Overlooked Policies That Harm Medicare and
Its Beneficiaries, December 4, 2003
While many features of
the Medicare Prescription Drug and Reform Conference Agreement (H.R.
1) have received considerable attention, some important provisions
have gone relatively unnoticed. The following is a list of ten
issues whose impact has been largely overlooked.
Medicare Prescription Drug Compromise Bill, December 3,
The Medicare overhaul legislation approved by the House and
Senate last week has sparked heated debate across the country. The
following is a sample of editorials and op-eds that express the
trepidation of Medicare beneficiaries and concerned citizens.
America is analyzing the impetus behind the bills passage and its
effects on current and future generations.
Prescription Drug Legislation: Concerns for Rural Beneficiaries,
November 14, 2003
About 9 million Medicare beneficiaries live in
rural America and face special challenges in accessing prescription
drugs. Compared to urban beneficiaries, rural beneficiaries have
less prescription drug coverage, spend more for needed
prescriptions, and rarely have stable access to private health
insurance plans who will deliver the drug benefit under the recent
Medicare Legislation, by Jeanne Lambrew, November 14,
The Republican leadership and Medicare conferees appear to
be in the final stages of hammering out an agreement on a Medicare
prescription drug benefit and other significant changes to the
Medicare system. Much is at stake.
Prescription Drug Legislation: What It Means for Rural
Beneficiaries, by Jeanne Lambrew and Becky Briesacher, September
What will currently proposed prescription drug plans mean
for seniors in rural America?
For more information about the new Medicare law, including a
calculator for estimating the costs and benefits of the prescription
drug benefit that begins in 2006, visit the Families
USA Medicare Road Show.
Center for Budget and
Policy Priorities, Key Issues in Medicare Prescription Drug
Provision Being Pushed In Medicare Conference Poses Threats Both To
Long-Term Fiscal Policy And To The Employer-Based Health Insurance
System, October 27, 2003, Center for Budget and Policy
Future: Current Picture, Trends, and Prescription Drug Policy
Debate, selected charts from the Commonwealth Fund
Prescription Drug Legislation: How Would It Affect
Beneficiaries?, a policy brief from the Commonwealth Fund
the Cost of Dual Eligibles: Implications for States and the Federal
Government, November 2003, Kaiser Family Foundation
Analysis of Reforming Medicare Through a "Premium Support"
Program, February 2002, Kaiser Family Foundation
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