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Factors Affecting the Demand for Long-Term Care Insurance: Issues for Congress

Factors Affecting the Demand for Long-Term Care Insurance: Issues for Congress

Date: May 27, 2009
Creator: Mulvey, Janemarie
Description: This report will discuss the role of long-term care insurance (LTCI) in financing long term care (LTC) costs and current trends in the LTCI industry; factors affecting the demand for LTCI, including cost and complexity of the product and adequacy of consumer protections; and key features of legislative proposals in the 111th Congress to address these issues.
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Converting Retirement Savings into Income: Annuities and Periodic Withdrawals

Converting Retirement Savings into Income: Annuities and Periodic Withdrawals

Date: December 1, 2008
Creator: Mulvey, Janemarie & Purcell, Patrick
Description: To a worker contemplating retirement, there is perhaps no more important question than "How long will my money last?" Congress has a strong interest in the income security of older Americans because much of their income is either provided directly from public programs like Social Security, or in the case of pensions and retirement accounts, is subsidized through tax deductions and deferrals. This report looks at strategies to help deal with the following risks: longevity, investment, inflation, and unexpected events.
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Converting Retirement Savings into Income: Annuities and Periodic Withdrawals

Converting Retirement Savings into Income: Annuities and Periodic Withdrawals

Date: December 1, 2008
Creator: Mulvey, Janemarie & Purcell, Patrick
Description: To a worker contemplating retirement, there is perhaps no more important question than "How long will my money last?" Congress has a strong interest in the income security of older Americans because much of their income is either provided directly from public programs like Social Security, or in the case of pensions and retirement accounts, is subsidized through tax deductions and deferrals. This report discusses risks involved with retirement fund disbursement and strategies for dealing with such risks.
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Older Americans Act: FY2015 Appropriations Overview

Older Americans Act: FY2015 Appropriations Overview

Date: January 30, 2015
Creator: Napili, Angela & Colello, Kirsten J.
Description: This report discusses Older Americans Act (OAA) funding. It begins with an overview of OAA's FY2015 funding and provides a detailed breakdown of current-year funding for each of the act's programs and activities. The report then reviews OAA's funding history since FY2001. Next, it summarizes FY2015 legislative activity with respect to OAA appropriations. It concludes with a discussion of FY2015 funding decisions for selected OAA programs.
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The Financial Outlook for Social Security and Medicare

The Financial Outlook for Social Security and Medicare

Date: March 29, 2004
Creator: Nuschler, Dawn
Description: None
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Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet

Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet

Date: January 13, 2004
Creator: Nuschler, Dawn
Description: Financing for social security -- Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance -- and the Hospital Insurance part of Medicare is provided primarily by taxes levied on wages and net self-employment income. Financing for the Supplementary Medical Insurance portion of Medicare is provided by premiums from enrollees and payments from the government. This report describes these taxes and premiums.
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Older Americans Act: 105th Congress Issues

Older Americans Act: 105th Congress Issues

Date: October 28, 1997
Creator: O'Shaughnessy, Carol
Description: None
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Older Americans Act: Disaster Assistance for Older Persons After Hurricane Katrina

Older Americans Act: Disaster Assistance for Older Persons After Hurricane Katrina

Date: September 22, 2005
Creator: O'Shaughnessy, Carol
Description: None
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Older Americans Act Nutrition Program

Older Americans Act Nutrition Program

Date: April 29, 2004
Creator: O'Shaughnessy, Carol
Description: None
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Older Americans Act: Programs and Funding

Older Americans Act: Programs and Funding

Date: August 31, 2000
Creator: O'Shaughnessy, Carol; Graney, Paul J & Thomas, Cristal A
Description: None
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Medicare Endorsed Prescription Drug Discount Card Program

Medicare Endorsed Prescription Drug Discount Card Program

Date: August 19, 2004
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: None
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Medicare: Financing the Part A Hospital Insurance Program

Medicare: Financing the Part A Hospital Insurance Program

Date: April 11, 2005
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: None
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Medicare: Financing the Part A Hospital Insurance Program

Medicare: Financing the Part A Hospital Insurance Program

Date: May 5, 1998
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: This report discusses Medicare, which consists of two distinct parts — Part A (Hospital Insurance (HI)) and Part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI)). Part A is financed primarily through payroll taxes levied on current workers and their employers. Income from these taxes is credited to the HI trust fund. Part B is financed through a combination of monthly premiums paid by current enrollees and general revenues. Income from these sources is credited to the SMI trust fund.
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Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Date: July 10, 2002
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: None
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Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Date: July 16, 2002
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: None
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Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Medicare: Major Prescription Drug Provisions of Selected Bills

Date: August 14, 2002
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: None
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Medicare: Part B Premium Penalty

Medicare: Part B Premium Penalty

Date: June 29, 2005
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: None
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Medicare: Payments to Physicians

Medicare: Payments to Physicians

Date: January 28, 1998
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: This report discusses payments for physicians services under Medicare that are made on the basis of a fee schedule.
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Medicare: Physician Payments

Medicare: Physician Payments

Date: June 24, 1987
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: This report discusses payments for physicians services under Medicare that are made on the basis of a fee schedule.
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Medicare: Prescription Drug Proposals

Medicare: Prescription Drug Proposals

Date: June 8, 2000
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: This report provides an overview of the President’s plan and the legislation introduced to date in the 106th Congress. It
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Medicare Prescription Drug Provisions of S.1, as Passed by the Senate, and H.R. 1, as Passed by the House

Medicare Prescription Drug Provisions of S.1, as Passed by the Senate, and H.R. 1, as Passed by the House

Date: July 11, 2003
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: This report discusses differences in the specifics of the prescription drug provisions in S. 1 and H.R. 1 and provides a side-by-side comparison of the Title I provisions of both bills.
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Medicare: Selected Prescription Drug Proposals

Medicare: Selected Prescription Drug Proposals

Date: September 14, 2000
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Description: None
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Medicare: Private Contracts

Medicare: Private Contracts

Date: October 21, 1997
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer & Echeverria, Cecilia O
Description: This report discusses private contracting for medicare,which is the term used to describe situations where a physician and a patient agree not to submit a claim for a service which would otherwise be covered and paid for by Medicare.
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Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: An Overview of Implementation for Dual Eligibles

Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: An Overview of Implementation for Dual Eligibles

Date: February 6, 2006
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer & Tritz, Karen
Description: This report provides background information on the early stages of the implementation of the Medicare Part D outpatient prescription drug program. This report describes certain policies and implementation issues related to those who are not dually eligible.
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