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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Older Americans Act: Programs and Funding
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Federal Spending for Older Americans
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Housing for the Elderly: Legislation in the 106th Congress
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Topics in Aging: Income and Poverty Among Older Americans in 2004
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Benefits for the Aged and the Federal Budget: Short- and Long-Term Projections
As the 108th Congress addresses short-term budget decisions, it may also want to consider the long-run impacts of those decisions and the major shifts in budget composition that are underway. Congress may be pressed to add new benefits in response to population aging, such as improved support for long-term care and broader Medicare drug coverage. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs7483/
Older Americans Act: 105th Congress Issues
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Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC): A Fact Sheet
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is a federal government agency established in 1974 by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA; P.L. 93-406). It was created to protect the pensions of participants and beneficiaries covered by private sector, defined benefit (DB) plans. The PBGC is chaired by the Secretary of Labor, with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Commerce serving as board members. In the 112th Congress, an amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to S. 1813, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), contains provisions that would address the use of excess defined benefit pension plan assets and the interest rates that defined benefit plans use to value plan liabilities. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc85364/
Medicare: Private Contracts
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Pension Sponsorship and Participation: Summary of Recent Trends
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Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: A Fact Sheet
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is a federal government agency established in 1974 by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) (P.L. 93- 406). It was created to protect the pensions of participants and beneficiaries covered by private sector, defined benefit (DB) plans. These pension plans provide a specified monthly benefit at retirement, usually either a percent of salary or a flat dollar amount multiplied by years of service. Defined contribution plans, such as ยง401(k) plans, are not insured. The PBGC is chaired by the Secretary of Labor, with the Secretaries of Treasury and Commerce serving as board members. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc26069/
Medicare: Financing the Part A Hospital Insurance Program
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Medicare: Part B Premium Penalty
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Medicare Payment Policies
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Older Americans Act: Disaster Assistance for Older Persons After Hurricane Katrina
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Converting Retirement Savings into Income: Annuities and Periodic Withdrawals
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc83896/
Overview of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003
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Converting Retirement Savings into Income: Annuities and Periodic Withdrawals
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc83870/
401(k) Plans and Retirement Savings: Issues for Congress
Over the past 25 years, defined contribution (DC) plans - including 401(k) plans - have become the most prevalent form of employer-sponsored retirement plan in the United States. This report describes seven major policy issues with respect to defined contribution plans: 1) access to employer-sponsored retirement plans; 2) participation in employer-sponsored plans; 3) contribution rates; 4) investment choices; 5) fee disclosure; 6) leakage from retirement savings; and 7) converting retirement savings into income. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc26189/
Trends in Medicare Spending: Fact Sheet
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Medicare's Skilled Nursing Facility Benefit
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H.R. 6500, The Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act of 2008
This report describes the various aspects of the Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act of 2008. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10781/
Major Provisions of the Medicare Modernization and Prescription Drug Act of 2002, H.R. 4954, as Passed by the House
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Older Workers: Employment and Retirement Trends
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Medicare Beneficiary Access to Care: The Effects of New Prospective Payment Systems on Outpatient Hospital Care, Home Health Care, and Skilled Nursing Facility Care
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Medicare Expansion: President Clinton's Proposals to Allow Coverage Before Age 65
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Medicare: Financing the Part A Hospital Insurance Program
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Older Workers: Employment and Retirement Trends
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Older Workers: Employment and Retirement Trends
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Older Americans Act Nutrition Program
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Medicaid: Eligibility for the Aged and Disabled
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Medicare: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Proposed Prescription Drug Benefits
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Regulating Private Pensions: A Brief Summary of ERISA
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc29496/
Beneficiary Information and Decision Supports for the Medicare-Endorsed Prescription Drug Discount Card
On December 8, 2003 the President signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA, P.L. 108-173). This legislation establishes a Medicare prescription drug benefit, effective January 1, 2006. In the interim, the legislation requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a temporary program of Medicare-endorsed prescription drug discount cards. This report discusses the objectives and benefits of this legislation. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs6351/
Medicare: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Proposed Prescription Drug Benefits
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Medicare: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Prescription Drug Legislation
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Summary of the Medicare Regulatory and Contracting Reform Act of 2001 (H.R. 3391)
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Medicare Structure Reform: Background and Options
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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
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Medicare Provisions in the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 (BIPA, P.L. 106-554)
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Medicare: Side-by-Side Comparison of Selected Prescription Drug Bills
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Medicare+Choice Payments
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Medicare+Choice Payments
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Medicare: Selected Prescription Drug Proposals
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Military Technicians: The Issue of Mandatory Retirement for Non-Dual-Status Technicians
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Medicare: Changes to Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA 97, P.L. 105-33) Provisions
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Medicare: Prescription Drug Proposals
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Medicare: Payments to Physicians
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Medicare: Payments to HMOs and Other Private Plans Under the Medicare+Choice Program
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Standardized Choices: Medigap Lessons for Medicare Part D
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The Pros and Cons of Allowing the Federal Government to Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices
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