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
JournalInquiry
Volume46
Issue4
Pagination391-404
KeywordsHealthcare, Medicare/Medicaid/Health Insurance, Methodology, Public Policy
Abstract

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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Endnote Keywords

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

Endnote ID

22150

Citation Key7400
PubMed ID20184166