Friday, July 29, 2005

KFF on Medicare and dual-eligibles

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) has prepared two new 
publications that examine those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid,
known as dual eligibles. The first, /Dual Eligibles: Medicaid Enrollment and
Spending for Medicare Beneficiaries in 2003/
<http://www.kff.org/medicaid/7346.cfm>, finds that Medicaid programs spent
roughly $105 billion on the 7.5 million Medicare enrollees who were eligible for
Medicaid in 2003 and includes detailed charts and state-by-state data tables on
enrollment and eligibility group and spending by service. The second, an updated
fact sheet <http://www.kff.org/medicaid/4091-04.cfm>, describes the over 7.5
million dual eligibles, why this population needs Medicaid, what services they
receive from Medicaid, and the current policy challenges related to dual
eligibles, including the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. The data can
also be found on Statehealthfacts.org <http://statehealthfacts.org/r/duals.cfm> .

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