Medicare Summary And Chronology From Center For American Progress

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Highlights from the Medicare Prescription Drug Regulation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, by Jeanne M. Lambrew, August 12, 2004
Recently, 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.

Missed Opportunities for Medicare, by Terri Shaw, July 28, 2004
The 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 program.

Formulary 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 costs.

Working 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.

No Pot of Gold in Privatization, by Maya Rockeymoore, March 26, 2004
Tuesday's release of the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees presented dark forecasts about the state of the trust funds.

Medicare 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.

Privatization Threatens Medicare and Social Security, March 23, 2004
As expected, the annual report from the Medicare and Social Security trustees released today shows severe projected shortfalls for both programs

Privatization 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 slowly eroding.

Developing the Right Approaches to Chronic Care in Medicare, by Jane Horvath and Robert Berenson, March 19, 2004
Effective chronic care for people with complex and multiple chronic conditions requires the involvement of physicians and coordination among multiple treating physicians.

What $80 Million for Medicare Ads Could Be Used For, March 16, 2004
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.

More Administration Deceptions on Medicare Bill, March 15, 2004
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.

Administration Threatened Truth-teller on Medicare Bill, March 12, 2004
The behind-the-scenes intrigues surrounding the passage of the controversial Medicare prescription-drug bill last fall continue to mount.

Prescription Drug Reimportation: The Law and Its Problems, February 24, 2004
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.

Playing Politics with Medicare, February 5, 2004
The details surrounding the new Medicare legislation become more sinister every day.

Claims vs. Facts: Medicare Political Advertising, February 5, 2004

Prescription Drug Prices: Harnessing Medicare’s 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: prescription drugs.

How Would Elsie Blanton Fare?, January 21, 2004
President Bush 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?

The 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 12.

Claims vs. Facts: Medicare Bill Signing, December 8, 2003

No Cause for Celebration, by John Podesta, December 8, 2003
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.

American Progress Medicare Roundtable Transcript, December 4, 2003

Lost 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.

The Medicare Prescription Drug “Compromise” Bill, December 3, 2003
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.

Medicare 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 proposals.

Analysis: Medicare Legislation, by Jeanne Lambrew, November 14, 2003
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.

Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation: What It Means for Rural Beneficiaries, by Jeanne Lambrew and Becky Briesacher, September 2, 2003
What will currently proposed prescription drug plans mean for seniors in rural America?

Additional Resources

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 Conference

Health Tax 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 Priorities

Medicare's Future: Current Picture, Trends, and Prescription Drug Policy Debate, selected charts from the Commonwealth Fund

Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation: How Would It Affect Beneficiaries?, a policy brief from the Commonwealth Fund

Shifting the Cost of Dual Eligibles: Implications for States and the Federal Government, November 2003, Kaiser Family Foundation

An Analysis of Reforming Medicare Through a "Premium Support" Program, February 2002, Kaiser Family Foundation


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