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Civil Service Retirement Bills in the 106th Congress

Civil Service Retirement Bills in the 106th Congress

Date: June 28, 2000
Creator: Purcell, Patrick J
Description: Among the civil service retirement issues addressed in bills introduced thus far in the 106th Congress are the correction of retirement coverage errors for federal employees assigned to the wrong retirement system; immediate eligibility for federal employees to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP); improved portability of pension benefits; and repeal of the temporary increase in employee retirement contributions that was mandated by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Other bills would expand TSP eligibility to include members of the armed services; improve pension coverage for temporary and part-time federal employees; and designate several categories of federal employees as law enforcement officers for purposes of determining their retirement benefits.
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Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet

Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Premiums: Fact Sheet

Date: February 6, 2002
Creator: Kollmann, Geoffrey
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 2, 2003
Creator: Kollmann, Geoffrey
Description: None
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Income and Poverty Among Older Americans in 2007

Income and Poverty Among Older Americans in 2007

Date: October 3, 2008
Creator: Purcell, Patrick
Description: This report describes the income and poverty status of the 36.8 million Americans age 65 and older who were living in households in 2007. The report also describes how the proportion of total income received from each source differs between high-income individuals and households and low-income individuals and households.
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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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Social Security and Medicare "Lock Boxes"

Social Security and Medicare "Lock Boxes"

Date: March 21, 2001
Creator: Koitz, David Stuart; Kollmann, Geoffrey & Nuschler, Dawn
Description: None
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Social Security and Medicare "Lock Boxes"

Social Security and Medicare "Lock Boxes"

Date: August 28, 2001
Creator: Koitz, David Stuart; Kollmann, Geoffrey & Nuschler, Dawn
Description: None
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Income and Poverty Among Older Americans in 2008

Income and Poverty Among Older Americans in 2008

Date: October 2, 2009
Creator: Purcell, Patrick
Description: This report describes the sources and amounts of income received by the 37.8 million Americans aged 65 and older who lived in non-institutional settings in 2008. The report also describes how the proportion of total income received from each source differs between high-income individuals and households and low-income individuals and households.
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Standardized Choices: Medigap Lessons for Medicare Part D

Standardized Choices: Medigap Lessons for Medicare Part D

Date: March 8, 2006
Creator: Hahn, Jim
Description: None
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Summary of the Medicare Regulatory and Contracting Reform Act of 2001 (H.R. 3391)

Summary of the Medicare Regulatory and Contracting Reform Act of 2001 (H.R. 3391)

Date: December 3, 2001
Creator: Tilson, Sibyl L
Description: None
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Social Security: Raising the Retirement Age Background and Issues

Social Security: Raising the Retirement Age Background and Issues

Date: June 24, 2002
Creator: Kollmann, Geoffrey
Description: The Social Security "full retirement age" will gradually rise from 65 to 67 beginning with people who attain age 62 in 2000 (i.e., those born in 1938). Early retirement benefits will still be available beginning at age 62, but at lower levels. To help solve Social Security's long-range financing problems, it has been proposed that these ages be raised further.
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Medicare Provisions in the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 (BIPA, P.L. 106-554)

Medicare Provisions in the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 (BIPA, P.L. 106-554)

Date: May 24, 2001
Creator: Chaikind, Hinda Ripps; Tilson, Sibyl L; O'Sullivan, Jennifer; Merck, Carolyn L & Smith, Madeleine T
Description: None
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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: Side-by-Side Comparison of Selected Prescription Drug Bills

Medicare: Side-by-Side Comparison of Selected Prescription Drug Bills

Date: September 20, 2000
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer & Yacker, Heidi G
Description: None
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Medicare Structure Reform: Background and Options

Medicare Structure Reform: Background and Options

Date: July 24, 2001
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer; Chaikind, Hinda Ripps & Tilson, Sibyl L
Description: None
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Nursing Homes and the Congress: A Brief History of Developments and Issues

Nursing Homes and the Congress: A Brief History of Developments and Issues

Date: November 1, 1972
Creator: Congressional Research Service
Description: None
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Regulating Private Pensions: A Brief Summary of ERISA

Regulating Private Pensions: A Brief Summary of ERISA

Date: January 15, 2004
Creator: Purcell, Patrick
Description: This report briefly discusses the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and how it protects the interests of participants and beneficiaries in private-sector employee benefit plans. ERISA covers a number of fringe benefits provided by employers, but most of its provisions deal with pension plans. Pension plans sponsored by the federal, state, and local governments, or by churches generally are exempt from ERISA.
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Increases in Tricare Costs: Background and Options for Congress

Increases in Tricare Costs: Background and Options for Congress

Date: October 23, 2008
Creator: Jansen, Don J.
Description: In its FY2007, FY2008, and FY2009 budget submissions, the Department of Defense (DOD) proposed increases in Tricare enrollment fees, deductibles, and pharmacy co-payments for retired beneficiaries not yet eligible for Medicare. In passing the FY2009 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress included measures establishing demonstration projects intended to find ways to contain costs through increased use of preventive care services by TRICARE beneficiaries. The scope of these measures are limited. Defense health care spending will likely remain an issue for the DOD in the next Administration, and Congress can anticipate being asked to consider new proposals to constrain costs.
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Increases in Tricare Costs: Background and Options for Congress

Increases in Tricare Costs: Background and Options for Congress

Date: July 25, 2008
Creator: Jansen, Don J.
Description: In its FY2007, FY2008, and FY2009 budget submissions, the Department of Defense (DOD) proposed increases in Tricare enrollment fees, deductibles, and pharmacy co-payments for retired beneficiaries not yet eligible for Medicare. In passing the FY2009 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress included measures establishing demonstration projects intended to find ways to contain costs through increased use of preventive care services by TRICARE beneficiaries. The scope of these measures are limited. Defense health care spending will likely remain an issue for the DOD in the next Administration, and Congress can anticipate being asked to consider new proposals to constrain costs.
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Increases in Tricare Costs: Background and Options for Congress

Increases in Tricare Costs: Background and Options for Congress

Date: August 15, 2008
Creator: Jansen, Don J. & Best, Richard
Description: In its FY2007, FY2008, and FY2009 budget submissions, the Department of Defense (DOD) proposed increases in Tricare enrollment fees, deductibles, and pharmacy co-payments for retired beneficiaries not yet eligible for Medicare. In passing the FY2009 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress included measures establishing demonstration projects intended to find ways to contain costs through increased use of preventive care services by TRICARE beneficiaries. The scope of these measures are limited. Defense health care spending will likely remain an issue for the DOD in the next Administration, and Congress can anticipate being asked to consider new proposals to constrain costs.
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Increases in Tricare Costs: Background and Options for Congress

Increases in Tricare Costs: Background and Options for Congress

Date: May 14, 2009
Creator: Jansen, Don J.
Description: This report discusses budgetary matters for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), specifically regarding past instances of debate regarding the Tricare system. The dollar amounts allocated to health care in the budget of the DOD have more than doubled since FY2001, growing from about $17 billion to over $44.8 billion in FY2009.
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Medicare: Payments to HMOs and Other Private Plans Under the Medicare+Choice Program

Medicare: Payments to HMOs and Other Private Plans Under the Medicare+Choice Program

Date: September 18, 1997
Creator: Smith, Madeleine T
Description: This report describes how payments will be calculated under the Medicare+Choice program established under the new law.
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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: 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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