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Medicare 101

Monday, March 16, 2009

Medicare covers nearly 45 million beneficiaries, including 38 million seniors and 7 million younger adults with permanent disabilities. The program is expected to cost the federal government approximately $477 billion in 2009, accounting for 13 percent of federal spending and 19 percent of total national health expenditures.

Whom does Medicare serve and what services does it cover? What are Medicare Parts A, B, C and D? How is it structured and financed? What drives Medicare’s costs? How does Medicare reimburse providers and hospitals? What future challenges face the program?

To address these and related questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Kaiser Family Foundation sponsored a March 16 briefing. Panelists were: Juliette Cubanski, principal policy analyst with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; Marilyn Moon, vice president and director of the health program at American Institutes for Research; and Tom Gustafson, senior policy advisor at Arnold & Porter LLC. Diane Rowland of the Foundation and Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated.



 Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
 Diane Rowland, Kaiser Family Foundation, Moderator
 Juliette Cubanski, Kaiser Family Foundation, Speaker
 Marilyn Moon, American Institutes for Research, Speaker
 Thomas Gustafson, Arnold & Porter LLP, Speaker
(Click on the camera icon to see a video of the speaker's presentation.)

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Medicare 101 (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 3/16/2009
Event Summary: Medicare 101 (Word Document), 3/16/2009
Full Webcast/Podcast: Medicare 101

The transcript, full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Moon Presentation (PowerPoint), 3/16/2009
Cubanski Presentation (PowerPoint), 3/16/2009
Gustafson Presentation (PowerPoint), 3/16/2008

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Agenda (Word Document), , 3/16/2009
Source List (Word Document), , 3/16/2009
Speaker Biographies (Word Document), , 3/16/2009
Cancer and Medicare A Chartbook (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Cancer Action Network, 2/1/2009
Improving the Information That Medicare Provides (Word Document), American Institutes for Research, 1/1/2009
Medicare 101 (Word Document), , 3/16/2009

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 4/28/2008
Medicare Advantage prices rise as overhaul plan nears, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/5/2009
The Medicare Beneficiary Population (Adobe Acrobat PDF),AARP Public Policy Institute, 1/15/2009
Reforming Medicare's Physician Payment System, The New England Journal of Medicine, 2/12/2009
MedPAC Approves Recommendations for Payment Updates in 2010, Heart Rhythm Society, 1/15/2009
Congress Delivers Help to People with Medicare: An Overview of the Medicare Improvements (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Families USA, 10/15/2008
Quality of Health Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Chartbook, The Commonwealth Fund, 5/15/2005
Medicare Enrollees: 1990 to 2007 (Adobe Acrobat PDF),U.S. Census Bureau, 7/1/2008
Fact Sheet: Medicare Two Year Waiting Period for People with Disabilities (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Medicare Rights Center, 9/15/2008
Health Spending Projections Through 2018: Recession Effects Add Uncertainty to the Outlook, Heatlh Affairs, 2/24/2009
Medicare Matters, Center for American Progress, 2/19/2009
Healthcare Spending and the Medicare Program (Adobe Acrobat PDF),MedPAC, 6/15/2008
Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy (Adobe Acrobat PDF),MedPAC, 4/1/2009
Medicare -- Chapter 7 of Covering Health Issues (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Allliance for Health Reform, 4/9/2009
Medicare: A Primer (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Kaiser Family Foundation, 1/1/2009
Medicare At A Glance, Kaiser Family Foundation, 11/15/2008
Financing Medicare: An Issue Brief, Kaiser Family Foundation, 1/15/2008


Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, set the stage for the Medicare 101 briefing on March 16, cosponsored by the foundation. (4 min.) Ed Howard, executive vice president of the Alliance, and Dr. Rowland co-moderated.

Juliette Cubanski, principal policy analyst at the Kaiser Family Foundation, discussed Medicare's benefits and gaps at the March 16 briefing, cosponsored by the foundation. (13 min.)

Thomas Gustafson, a senior health policy advisor with Arnold & Porter LLP, discussed Medicare payment policies at the March 16 briefing cosponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (18 min.)

Marilyn Moon, vice president and health program director at the American Institutes for Research, discussed current and projected Medicare spending at the March 16 briefing cosponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (14 min.)


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