Understanding the Medicare Population and Consumer Affordability

Key Resources

(listed chronologically, beginning with most recent) 

“Medicare Advantage: A Policy Primer.” The Commonwealth Fund. May 3, 2022. Available here.

“Medicare Advantage Outperforms Fee-for-Service Medicare on Cost Protections for Low-Income and Diverse Populations.” Better Medicare Alliance. April 2022. Available here 

“Senators Introduce the Bipartisan BENES 2.0 Act to Further Simplify Medicare Enrollment.” Copeland, L. Medicare Rights Center. February 24, 2022. Available here. 

“When Costs Are a Barrier to Getting Health Care: Reports from Older Adults in the United States and Other High-Income Countries.” Jacobson, G., Cicchiello, A., Shah, A., et al. The Commonwealth Fund. October 1, 2021. Available here.

“Health Policy Handbook, Chapter 2: Coverage.” Rawal, P., Whitlock, R. Alliance for Health Policy. July 20, 2021. Available here. 

“Examining the Impact of New Medicare Advantage Benefits.” Weiss, J. Arnold Ventures. May 29, 2020. Available here. 

“Racial and Ethnic Health Inequalities and Medicare.” Ochieng, N., Cubanski, J., Nueman, T., et al. Kaiser Family Foundation. February 16, 2021. Available here 

“Medicaid Coverage ‘Cliff’ Increases Expenses and Decreases Care for Near-Poor Medicare Beneficiaries.” Roberts, E.T., Glynn, A., Cornelio, N., et al. 2021. Health Affairs. Available here. 

“Financing Diabetes Care in the U.S. Health System: Payment for Innovations for Addressing the Medical and Social Determinants of Health.” Saulsberry L, Peek M. Current Diabetes Reports. November 20, 2019. Available here. 

Additional Resources

(listed chronologically, beginning with most recent) 

“Medicare Beneficiary Enrollment Trends and Demographic Characteristics.” Tarazi, W., Welch, W., Nguyen, N., et al. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. March 2, 2022. Available here. 

“Older Adults on Medicare and Those Near Medicare Age Face Cost Barriers to Care.” Jacobson, G., Cicchiello, A., Shah, A., et al. The Commonwealth Fund. November 2, 2021. Available here 

“Medicare Advantage vs. Traditional Medicare: How Do Beneficiaries’ Characteristics and Experiences Differ?” Jacobson, G., Cicchiello, A., Sutton, J., et al. The Commonwealth Fund. October 14, 2021. Available here.  

“Disparities in Health Care in Medicare Advantage Associated with Dual Eligibility or Eligibility for a Low-Income Subsidy.” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. September 2021. Available here. 

“Cost-Related Problems Are Less Common Among Beneficiaries in Traditional Medicare Than in Medicare Advantage, Mainly Due to Supplemental Coverage.” Biniek, J., Ochieng, N., Cubanski, J. et al. Kaiser Family Foundation. June 25, 2021. Available here. 

“A Tricky Balance: Medicare’s Affordability and Middle- and Lower-Income Beneficiaries’ Financial Stress.” Willink, A. American Society on Aging. 2021. Available here. 

“The Impact of Medicare on Access to and Affordability of Health Care.” Jacobs, P. Health Affairs. February 2021. Available here. 

“Comparing the Demographics of Enrollees in Medicare Advantage and Fee-For-Service Medicare.” Murphy-Barron, C., Pyenson, B., Ferro, C., et al. Better Medicare Alliance. October 2020. Available here. 

“Medicare’s Current and Future Role in Reducing Racial And Ethnic Health Disparities.” Landers, R., Bladeck, B., Cole, B. Health Affairs. March 23, 2020. Available here. 

“An Overview of Medicare.” Kaiser Family Foundation. February 13, 2019. Available here 

“The Next Generation of Medicare Beneficiaries.” MedPAC. June 2015. Available here. 

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