Research and Background Information: Employers' Coalition on Medicare
Retiree Health Coverage
Kaiser Family Foundation: Medicare Chart Book 2005
Features more than 80 charts and tables with detailed information about the Medicare program and the almost 42 million Americans who rely on the program for health insurance coverage.
Current Trends and Future Outlook for Retiree Health Benefits 2004 (PDF-Dec 2004)
Summary of the Kaiser Family Foundation and Hewitt Associates Employer Survey, with responses from 333 large private-sector firms, conducted from May through September 2004.
Large Firms' Retiree Health Benefits Before Medicare Reform: 2003 Survey Results
An article based on the Kaiser/Hewit 2003 survey's findings on retiree health benefits. It appeared in the January 14, 2004 online issue of Health Affairs.
CMS Actuary Study: Compares sources of Rx coverage in 2002 to 2009 (EXCEL)
Highlights from the analysis conclude the following:
The proportion of beneficiaries without coverage will drop from 24% to 2%. The 98% of beneficiaries who will have coverage in 2009 will get their coverage from privately insured plans 33% of beneficiaries will get their Rx coverage from integrated private plans, triple the rate in 2002. The number of beneficiaries with employer-sponsored coverage will drop from 33% to 26%, with most employers coordinating their coverage with private Medicare plans (Seniors will still get same level of employer coverage, but employers will partner with Medicare to keep providing coverage).
Medicare Program Information
The Boards of Trustees for Medicare's annual report to Congress on the financial operations and actuarial status of Medicare. The Medicare program is the second-largest social insurance program in the United States, with 41.7 million beneficiaries and total expenditures of $309 billion in 2004.
"Medicare and You: 2005" — Beneficiary Information about Medicare Program Coverage (PDF) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
"Choosing a Medigap Plan: 2005 Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare" (PDF)Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services