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The Facts on Medicare Spending and Financing
A number of changes to Medicare have been proposed that could help to address the health care spending challenges posed by the aging of the population, including: restructuring Medicare benefits and cost sharing; eliminating “first-dollar” Medigap coverage; further increasing Medicare premiums for beneficiaries with relatively high incomes; raising the Medicare eligibility age; shifting Medicare from a defined benefit structure to a “premium support” system; and accelerating the ACA’s delivery system reforms. At the same time, changes have been proposed to improve coverage under Medicare in order to limit the financial burden of health care costs on older Americans and younger beneficiaries with disabilities, though such changes would likely require additional spending. In addition to these potential changes, which would affect future spending levels, revenue options could also be considered to help finance care for Medicare’s growing and aging population.
Federal Budget in Pictures
In 2016 the national debt exceeded $19 trillion. Now, more than ever it’s critical that we understand the nation’s spending, taxes and debt. These powerful charts enable all Americans to better understand the federal budget and identify important areas of reform.
California Health Advocates
We provide accurate, unbiased information about Medicare benefits and long-term care for Californians. Learn how Medicare works, ways to supplement your coverage, about low-income programs, prescription drugs and your long-term care options.
Health Reform Implementation Timeline
Implementation update: On July 19, 2010, the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO) issued regulations on the new preventive benefits coverage requirements. These rules apply to new plans established on or after September 23, 2010. On August 1, 2010, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force released its recommendations. On July 19, 2011, the Institute of Medicine released a report that recommended several women’s preventive services that should be included in health plans with no cost-sharing. On August 1, 2011, HHS issued interim final regulations on preventive services, including requirements that insurers cover birth control with no cost-sharing. On August 3, 2011, HHS issued an amendment to the final regulations. On February 15, 2012, HHS issued final rules “authorizing the exemption of group health plans and group health insurance coverage sponsored by certain religious employers from having to cover certain preventive health services.” Also on February 15, 2012, HHS issued an issue brief estimating that 54 million Americans had received preventive benefits without cost-sharing. On August 1, 2012, HHS began requiring most new and renewing health plans to provide women’s preventive health services, including contraception, with no cost-sharing. HHS issued a brief estimating that 47 million women will receive coverage for these services without cost sharing.”