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Medicare Trends in Total and Out-of-Pocket Spending per Beneficiary, 2010–2016

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Low- and Modest-Income Medicare Beneficiaries at Risk Despite Slowdown in Total Spending, 2016

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Improving Care for Individuals Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

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The Financial Alignment Initiative (FAI) aims to improve care for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Recent evaluations of the FAI indicate that Medicare cost saving results are mixed. Despite the model’s emphasis on care coordination, few beneficiaries reported receiving care coordination.

Medicare Beneficiaries with Serious Illnesses Report Problems Paying Bills

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Seriously ill Medicare beneficiaries can face particularly onerous financial hardships stemming from health care expenses. A Commonwealth Fund–supported study, using data from a 2018 survey of people with serious illnesses, looked at how the costs of care affect beneficiaries and their family and friends.

Financial Consequences of Serious Illness for Medicare Beneficiaries, 2018

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