As Medicare celebrates 50 years since its signing into law by President Lyndon Johnson, experts look at the challenges facing the program today. While cost and other reforms are foremost in many policymakers' minds, experts caution that reforms need to keep the program's intended beneficiaries i
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17 Jun 2015
Medicare is nearly always a target of federal budget-cutting efforts. AIR Institute Fellow Marilyn Moon says we need a thoughtful debate about how to pay for healthcare for older adults and people with disabilities into the future. Her analysis addresses past and future changes to the program and revenue options.
30 Jan 2015
Do the issues that define “old age” really begin at 65? Although Americans are living longer, other changes in health status and workforce behavior could be used to argue that age 65 is too late to begin to worry about the challenges of an aging population.
21 Jan 2015
Congress enacted the Sustainable Growth Rate in 1997 to control Medicare spending on physician services. In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, AIR's Marilyn Moon called the SGR's physician cost limits “poor public policy” but cautioned that any revisions should not be used as a rationale for "reducing valuable benefits to our most vulnerable citizens.”
6 Apr 2015
This is an anniversary year for both Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Medicare was passed 50 years ago in 1965 and the ACA was passed five years ago. These anniversaries bid us to consider lessons that can improve our healthcare system instead of accepting the benign neglect implicit in much of public discourse on health.