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Medicare: Enrollment in Medicare Drug Plans

Description: This report discusses the enrollment process for private prescription drug plans (PDPs) or Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MA-PD) plans. At a minimum, these plans offer "standard coverage" or alternative coverage with actuarially equivalent benefits. Beneficiaries are required to enroll in one of these private plans in order to obtain coverage.
Date: October 20, 2006
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicare: Enrollment in Medicare Drug Plans

Description: This report discusses the enrollment process for private prescription drug plans (PDPs) or Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MA-PD) plans. At a minimum, these plans offer "standard coverage" or alternative coverage with actuarially equivalent benefits. Beneficiaries are required to enroll in one of these private plans in order to obtain coverage.
Date: January 3, 2006
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicaid Issues for the 109th Congress

Description: Medicaid is jointly financed by the federal and state governments, but each state designs and administers its own state program under broad federal guidelines. Accordingly, state variation in eligibility, covered services, and the delivery of, and reimbursement for, services is the rule rather than the exception. How is Congress to respond to the numerous proposals to move Medicaid forward into the near and long term? This report lays out some of these issues, explains the factors underlying them, and provides links to CRS products that can help Members of Congress and their staff prepare to discuss Medicaid’s role today and into the future.
Date: April 10, 2006
Creator: Hearne, Jean
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicare: FY2007 Budget Issues

Description: This report discusses President's budget request to Congress for Medicare, for the following federal fiscal year, along with projections for the five-year budget window. The President’s 2007 budget includes Medicare legislative proposals for Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Supplementary Medical Insurance) spending with estimated savings of $2.5 billion in 2007 and $35.9 billion over the five-year budget window.
Date: March 31, 2006
Creator: Chaikind, Hinda; Morgan, Paulette C.; O’Shaughnessy, Carol; O’Sullivan, Jennifer; Stone, Julie & Tilson, Sibyl
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Health Savings Accounts: Overview and Rules for 2006

Description: This report provide a summary of the principal rules governing Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), covering such matters as eligibility, qualifying health insurance, contributions, and withdrawals.
Date: January 31, 2006
Creator: Lyke, Bob
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Health Savings Accounts: Some Current Policy Issues

Description: This report discusses the Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which are one way that people can pay for their unreimbursed medical expenses (deductibles, copayments, and services not covered by insurance) on a tax-advantaged basis
Date: May 5, 2006
Creator: Lyke, Bob
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicaid Expenditures, FY2003 and FY2004

Description: This report discusses the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), which is the percentage of Medicaid benefit costs paid for by the federal government.
Date: January 17, 2006
Creator: Tritz, Karen
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Implications of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit for Dual Eligibles and State Medicaid Programs

Description: This report discusses the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA, P.L. 108-173), which added a new Medicare prescription drug benefit, implemented in January 2006. This report focuses on MMA provisions that added a voluntary prescription drug benefit under a new Medicare Part D, and the effect of this new benefit both on individuals who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare, and on state Medicaid programs.
Date: January 19, 2006
Creator: Tritz, Karen
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tax Benefits for Health Insurance: Current Legislation

Description: This report discusses a variety of potential proposals to change the tax benefits for health insurance and medical expenses, including measures that would expand the availability and attractiveness of health savings accounts (HSAs), or employer tax credits.
Date: February 6, 2006
Creator: Lyke, Bob
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Health Insurance Coverage for Retirees

Description: With the retirement of the baby boom generation looming ahead, employers offering coverage to their retired workers will face a huge future financial commitment. Some employers have already reduced or eliminated their commitment to insure their retirees. Recent trends indicate that retiree health benefits are increasingly subject to higher beneficiary cost-sharing. Further, among employers who provide health insurance for current retirees, their current workers are less likely to be guaranteed these benefits upon retirement. This report discusses issues regarding health insurance coverage for retirees.
Date: March 28, 2006
Creator: Chaikind, Hinda
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Data on Enrollment, Premiums, and Cost-Sharing in HAS-Qualified Health Plans

Description: Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which have been available since 2004, are the newest addition to the array of tax-advantaged accounts people can use to pay for unreimbursed medical expenses. To set up an HSA, one must enroll in a qualifying high-deductible health plan (HDHP). This report analyzes findings about enrollment in HSA-qualified HDHPs.
Date: May 13, 2006
Creator: Peterson, Chris L
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

U.S. and International Responses to the Global Spread of Avian Flu: Issues for Congress

Description: This report will provide an account of global H5N1-related human infections and deaths, outline U.S. government and international responses to the global spread of H5N1, discuss situations in various countries affected by H5N1, and present some foreign policy issues for Congress.
Date: February 6, 2006
Creator: Salaam-Blyther, Tiaji & Chanlett-Avery, Emma
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Prescription Drug Coverage Under Medicaid

Description: Medicaid is a joint federal-state entitlement program that pays for medical services on behalf of certain groups of low-income persons. It is the third largest social program in the federal budget, exceeded only by Social Security and Medicare and is typically the second largest spending item for states. This report discusses prescription drug policies under the program.
Date: February 21, 2006
Creator: Hearne, Jean
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Recent Developments in Medicare Affecting Long-Term Care Hospitals

Description: Medicare pays about $36 billion annually for post-acute care in four separate settings: long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), inpatient rehabilitation settings (IRFs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and in the home. This report provides background information on several operational issues affecting LTCHs that are currently attracting attention from Congress, specifically efforts to develop a patient assessment tool, to develop qualification criteria that should be imposed on LTCHs, and to change Medicare’s LTCH payment methods.
Date: March 14, 2006
Creator: Tilson, Sibyl
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes: The Public Health and Medical Response

Description: In response to a series of disasters (namely, the 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita) and terrorist attacks (namely, the 2001 terror attacks) over the past decade, Congress, the Administration, state and local governments, and the private sector have made investments to improve disaster preparedness and response. New federal authorities and programs to strengthen the nation's public health system were introduced in comprehensive legislation in 2002. Congress also created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2002, and a new National Response Plan (NRP) was launched by DHS in December 2004. This report discusses the NRP and its components for public health and medical response, provides information on key response activities carried out by agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and DHS, and discusses certain issues in public health and medical preparedness that have been raised by the response to the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.
Date: January 20, 2006
Creator: Lister, Sarah A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes: The Public Health and Medical Response

Description: This report discusses the National Response Plan (NRP) and its components for public health and medical response, provides information on key response activities carried out by agencies in the Department of Health and Human Serivces (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and discusses certain issues in public health and medical preparedness that have been raised by the response to the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.
Date: January 20, 2006
Creator: Lister, Sarah A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department