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American Journal of Public Health: Racial and Ethnic Disparities

October 1, 2003 - The root causes of disparities in the quality of care between minority Americans, including blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans, and whites are not well understood, but a new study finds that patient-physician interactions contribute to the problem.

In the Literature

Adverse Selection in Private, Stand-Alone Drug Plans and Techniques to Reduce It

October 1, 2003 - No insurance companies now offer stand-alone prescription drug coverage. Why is this? One major factor may be that the cost of offering and administering a drug-only product is quite expensive.

Issue Brief

Chronic Conditions and Disabilities: Trends and Issues for Private Drug Plans

October 1, 2003 - How can a Medicare prescription drug benefit be designed to ensure adequate
coverage for individuals with multiple chronic conditions? Because of its expected drug costs, this particular population is a challenge to insure through private market
approaches.

Issue Brief

Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation: How Would It Affect Beneficiaries?

October 1, 2003 - This brief examines the adequacy, complexity, and fairness of the Medicare drug benefit.

Issue Brief

Private, Individual Drug Coverage in the Current Medicare Market

October 1, 2003 - This issue brief considers Medigap and Medicare+Choice—two current private, individual drug coverage plans for Medicare beneficiaries. It suggests that individual market initiatives addressing drug coverage will need to find ways to achieve better participation (of plans and beneficiaries) than currently exist in these markets.

Issue Brief

Strengthening New York's EPIC Program: Options for Improving Drug Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries

September 1, 2003 - This report offers insights on how New York's Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program might serve as a model for other pharmacy assistance programs, including Medicare.

Fund Report

Sustainability and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

September 1, 2003 - This report uses the underlying principles of this seminal law of physics to illustrate the challenges of achieving and sustaining transformational change in health centers and clinics that serve the poor, the uninsured, and the underinsured in New York City.

Fund Report

Enrolling Eligible Persons in Pharmacy Assistance Programs: How States Do It

September 1, 2003 - In the absence of a Medicare prescription drug benefit, several states have chosen to subsidize drug coverage for low-income elderly and disabled individuals. Some of these state pharmacy assistance programs have been around for 25 years.

Fund Report

New York's HealthPass Purchasing Alliance: Making Coverage Easier for Small Businesses

September 1, 2003 - HealthPass, which began enrollment in December 1999, emerged from an initial period of slow growth to achieve rapid enrollment by the end of 2002. The challenge now is to build on that success by seeking a partner that will allow the program to offer affordable coverage to a greater number of small businesses, or those with up to 50 employees.

Fund Report

Quality of Care for Children in Commercial and Medicaid Managed Care

September 1, 2003 - Children enrolled in Medicaid managed care plans had lower rates than those in commercial plans for quality indicators such as immunization rates and well-child visits, according to a study in JAMA.

In the Literature

Health Insurance Scams: How Government Is Responding and What Further Steps Are Needed

August 8, 2003 - The United States is experiencing an unprecedented influx of unauthorized insurers selling phony health insurance. The last time this occurred, more than a decade ago, nearly 400,000 people were left with $123 million in unpaid medical bills.

Issue Brief

Rethinking Recertification: Keeping Eligible Individuals Enrolled in New York's Public Health Insurance Programs

August 1, 2003 - Paperwork can be hazardous to your health. According to new research, New York State's laborious recertification process for public health insurance helps keep a large number of New Yorkers uninsured, even though they are eligible for public coverage.

Fund Report

Impact of Medicare Coverage on Basic Clinical Services for Previously Uninsured Adults

August 1, 2003 - Gaining access to Medicare coverage substantially improves use of preventive health services such as cancer and cholesterol screening among previously uninsured older adults.

In the Literature

Caught in Between: Prescription Drug Coverage of Medicare Beneficiaries Near Poverty

August 1, 2003 - As Congress continues to debate whether and how to add prescription drug coverage to Medicare, beneficiaries with incomes near
the poverty level are in danger of being overlooked.

Issue Brief

Elimination of Medicare's Waiting Period for Seriously Disabled Adults: Impact on Coverage and Costs

July 7, 2003 - Over 1.2 million seriously disabled Americans under age 65--including as many as 400,000 without health insurance--are currently in the two-year waiting period for Medicare coverage.

Issue Brief