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  • New data book on beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

    by MedPAC Staff | Jan 09, 2015
    Today, MedPAC and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) jointly released a data book: Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. This is the second edition of this book, updated with 2010 data and new displays of 2007-2010 trends in the dually eligible population’s composition, service use, and spending.
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  • Medicare Spending: Making Sense of the Growth Rates

    by MedPAC Staff | Sep 18, 2014
    If you missed the Commission meeting last week, you might have missed this piece of analysis of the spending growth trends in Medicare.
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  • Do new Medicare beneficiaries choose Medicare Advantage right away?

    by MedPAC Staff | Sep 15, 2014
    If you missed the Commission meeting last week, you might have missed this piece of analysis. In 2012, about 28% of all Medicare beneficiaries (who have Part A and Part B) were enrolled in private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Recently, there has been a widely reported claim in the policy community that half of all new Medicare beneficiaries are now joining MA. The story sort of works like this: in 2012, the total number of beneficiaries in Medicare grew by two million, while the number of beneficiaries in MA grew by 1 million. These facts are true, but despite how it might sound, this does not mean that half of all new beneficiaries chose MA.
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