Medicare savings programs: analyzing options for expanding eligibility.

TitleMedicare savings programs: analyzing options for expanding eligibility.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsZuckerman, S, Shang, B, Waidmann, TA
Date Published2009-2010 Winter
ISSN Number0046-9580
KeywordsAged, Demography, Disabled Persons, Eligibility Determination, Female, Health Status, Humans, Income, Male, Medical Assistance, Medicare, Medicare Part D, Public Policy, United States

The Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) are designed to provide financial assistance to Medicare beneficiaries who do not qualify for full Medicaid coverage. This paper considers changes in eligibility that would better align MSP program rules with those related to receiving low-income subsidies for the Medicare Part D drug benefit. These changes would make more people eligible for the MSPs and could encourage greater participation; similar changes were incorporated in recently passed legislation. Our analysis, based on 2006 data from the Health and Retirement Study, shows there is a trade-off between making larger numbers of beneficiaries eligible by eliminating resource requirements and better targeting of individuals with greater health care needs by expanding income standards.


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Analysis of Health Care Markets/Health: Government Policy,/Public Health/Medicare Savings Programs/Health Care/Medicare/Medicare Part D

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Alternate JournalInquiry
Citation Key7400
PubMed ID20184166