2004 Survey of Health Insurance Experiences of Older Adults Before and After Enrolling in Medicare


In late 1999, the Fund conducted a survey of older Americans, ages 50 to 70, to examine their health insurance experiences before and after enrolling in Medicare. A number of events have occurred since that survey: the economy has weakened, health care costs have risen, physicians have threatened to drop or not enroll new Medicare patients, and employer-based health insurance and retiree coverage have eroded. In the meantime, the absence of a Medicare prescription drug benefit remains a concern. A new survey will examine changes that have occurred since the earlier survey and explore emerging areas of policy concern. This information will inform legislative debate over the future of health insurance coverage for older Americans.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
International Communications Research
Principal Investigator:
Melissa Herrmann
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 11, 2003

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