Spurring Enrollment In Medicare Savings Programs Through A Substitute For The Asset Test Focused On Investment Income

TitleSpurring Enrollment In Medicare Savings Programs Through A Substitute For The Asset Test Focused On Investment Income
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDorn, S, Shang, B
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume31
Issue2
Pagination367-75
KeywordsDemographics, Medicare/Medicaid/Health Insurance, Methodology, Net Worth and Assets, Public Policy
Abstract

Fewer than one-third of eligible Medicare beneficiaries enroll in Medicare savings programs, which pay premiums and, in some cases, eliminate out-of-pocket cost sharing for poor and near-poor enrollees. Many beneficiaries don't participate in savings programs because they must complete a cumbersome application process, including a burdensome asset test. We demonstrate that a streamlined alternative to the asset test-allowing seniors to qualify for Medicare savings programs by providing evidence of limited assets or showing a lack of investment income-would permit 78 percent of currently eligible seniors to bypass the asset test entirely. This simplified approach would increase the number of beneficiaries who qualify for Medicare savings programs from the current 3.6 million seniors to 4.6 million. Such an alternative would keep benefits targeted to people with low assets, eliminate costly administrative expenses and obstacles to enrollment associated with the asset test, and avoid the much larger influx of seniors that would occur if the asset test were eliminated entirely. PUBLICATION ABSTRACT

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Copyright - Copyright The People to People Health Foundation, Inc., Project HOPE Feb 2012 Language of summary - English Location - United States--US Pages - 367-75 ProQuest ID - 921992803 Document feature - Tables; References SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - United States--US Last updated - 2012-06-05 Place of publication - Chevy Chase Corporate institution author - Dorn, Stan; Shang, Baoping DOI - 2588825981; 67448192; 15986; HAF; 22323167; INNNHAF0000865869

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Endnote Keywords

Financing, Personal/Cost Savings/Medicare/public policy/assets/medicare savings programs/socioeconomic factors

Endnote ID

69534

Citation Key7732
PubMed ID22323167