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Improving the Medicare Savings Programs Would Help Low-Income Seniors Cope With Higher Medical Expenses

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Edwin Park; Danilo Trisi

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Health services for older people)

Keywords: Economic projections; Elderly; Senior citizen; Health care costs

Type: Report

Abstract:

Bipartisan Senate negotiators are crafting Medicare legislation that would avert a cut in physician payments scheduled to take effect at the end of June.  This legislation could also include long-overdue improvements to the Medicare Savings Programs, which help low-income Medicare beneficiaries pay their premiums and cost-sharing.