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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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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: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Proposed Prescription Drug Benefits

Medicare: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Proposed Prescription Drug Benefits

Date: June 26, 2003
Creator: Peterson, Chris L
Description: This report provides background on how the cost-sharing and premium provisions under each bill would affect the amount that a beneficiary pays annually for prescription drugs. In addition, this report gives examples of how annual cost-sharing would differ for beneficiaries with various levels of total prescription drug spending in 2006 under the plans.
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Medicare/Medicaid Reimbursement: Selected References

Medicare/Medicaid Reimbursement: Selected References

Date: August 1, 1984
Creator: Shirley-Reynolds, Saundra
Description: This report is a compilation of selected articles, books, and executive agency and congressional publications on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, primarily to health facilities and physicians.
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Medicare: Changes to Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA 97, P.L. 105-33) Provisions

Medicare: Changes to Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA 97, P.L. 105-33) Provisions

Date: November 19, 1999
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer; Merck, Carolyn L; Smith, Madeleine T & Tilson, Sibyl L
Description: This report summarizes the major provisions of the agreement between the by House and Senate negotiators on the Medicare provisions.
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Medicare+Choice Payments

Medicare+Choice Payments

Date: January 22, 2003
Creator: Chaikind, Hinda Ripps & Morgan, Paulette C
Description: This report discusses the M+C program that established new rules for beneficiary and plan participation. This report focuses on M+C payments.
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Medicare+Choice Payments

Medicare+Choice Payments

Date: May 8, 2002
Creator: Chaikind, Hinda Ripps & Morgan, Paulette C
Description: This report discusses the M+C program that established new rules for beneficiary and plan participation. This report focuses on M+C payments.
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Medicaid, SCHIP, and Other Health Provisions in H.R. 5661: Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000

Medicaid, SCHIP, and Other Health Provisions in H.R. 5661: Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000

Date: January 4, 2001
Creator: Hearne, Jean P; Herz, Elicia J & Baumrucker, Evelyne P
Description: This report discusses Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The report also discusses other major health provisions provisions of H.R. 5661 are incorporated, by reference into H.R. 4577, the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2001.
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Medicare: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Prescription Drug Legislation

Medicare: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Prescription Drug Legislation

Date: July 25, 2003
Creator: Peterson, Chris L
Description: This report provides an analysis of how the cost-sharing and premium provisions under the Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003 (S. 1) and the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act of 2003 (H bill would affect the amount that a beneficiary would pay annually for prescription drugs.
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Medicare: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Proposed Prescription Drug Benefits

Medicare: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Proposed Prescription Drug Benefits

Date: June 17, 2003
Creator: Peterson, Chris L
Description: This report examines these proposals as well as the “Medicare Rx Drug Benefit and Discount Act of 2003,” which was introduced by Representative Charles Rangel, the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Specifically, this report provides background on how the cost-sharing and premium provisions under each bill would affect the amount that a beneficiary pays annually for prescription drugs.
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Military Technicians: The Issue of Mandatory Retirement for Non-Dual-Status Technicians

Military Technicians: The Issue of Mandatory Retirement for Non-Dual-Status Technicians

Date: March 28, 2000
Creator: Kapp, Lawrence
Description: This report describes the mandatory retirement provisions for certain “non-dual-status” military technicians contained in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (P.L. 106-65), discusses the stated rationale behind the policy, and quantifies the impact it will likely have on individual technicians.
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