Developing and Evaluating Policy Options for Improving Medicare's Performance


Medicare enjoys widespread support, but its effectiveness in protecting the population it serves—particularly those individuals who are most vulnerable—can be improved. This project will examine a range of issues that policymakers might consider over the next few years, including: 1) increasing access to the Medicare Savings Programs, which are intended to provide additional protection against health care costs for low-income beneficiaries; 2) improving the structure of Medicare benefits; 3) expanding health insurance options for people approaching Medicare eligibility; and 4) addressing changes in retiree coverage. Policymakers will be able to use results from these studies to develop new financing options, target spending on beneficiaries who are most in need, and coordinate program policies with changes taking place elsewhere in the health system.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
The Urban Institute
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Zuckerman, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 14, 2007

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