What’s in Medicare’s future?

UPDATED MAY 2013

THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2011, BUT ALL THESE CHANGES TO MEDICARE ARE STILL BEING DISCUSSED IN 2013.

Here is a list of changes to Medicare that have been proposed by various interest groups.

  • Raising the Age of Eligibility From 65 to 67
  • Combining Part A and B Deductibles Into a Single Annual Deductible – Different proposals sought to create a deductible between $550 and $560, impose 20% cost-sharing on all Medicare services (including Part A services that currently require either no cost-sharing, or a set co-pay), coupled with a total annual out-of-pocket cap of between $5,250 and $7,500;
  • Additional Means Testing of Medicare – Currently, higher income beneficiaries pay a larger share of their Part B and Part D premiums; one proposal sought to increase Part B premiums from 25% to 35% of program costs for those not already paying income-related premiums;
  • Eliminating First-Dollar Medigap Coverage – This proposal prohibits Medigap plans covering the first $500 of cost-sharing and limits coverage to 50% of the next $5,000 (might include policies already held by individuals)
  • Shifting Coverage of Persons Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid (Dual eligibles) to Medicaid – This proposal gives Medicaid full responsibility for providing health coverage for persons dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, and requires Medicaid plans to place dual eligibles in Medicaid managed care plans.

 

 

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