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Affordable Health Insurance

Many families and individuals across the nation are in search of finding affordable health insurance. However, as the cost of the medical insurance keeps rising medical coverage is less affordable year by year. This section covers news and research about where the health insurance is affordable and what the government or private companies are doing with health care reform.

Medicare Expands Coverage of Carotid Artery Stenting for Patients at High Risk for Surgery

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced it is expanding coverage of Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) of the carotid artery concurrent with stent placement to patients who are at high risk for carotid surgery-also known as carotid endarterectomy or CEA.

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Agency Proposes New Program for Physician Administered Drugs

Physicians who administer drugs in their offices to Medicare beneficiaries under Medicare's Supplementary Medical Insurance Program (Part B) could have the option of an alternative process for obtaining those drugs under a proposed rule issued today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Overall Health Care Cost Growth Projections Slow From 2003, Medicare Drug Coverage Expected to Lower Prices

While Medicare is anticipated to pay for a much larger portion of prescription drug spending in 2006, the share paid for out of pocket by consumers, by Medicaid, and by private health insurance is expected to fall significantly.

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CMS Continues Efforts As a Cost-Efficient Payer For Quality Health Care

The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) improved the Medicare program by adding a vital new prescription drug benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries. A number of sections within the Medicare Modernization Act include significant cost reductions.

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Medicare Begins Performance-Based Payments for Physician Groups

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced new initiatives to pay health care providers for the quality of the care they provide to seniors and people with a disability. New Demonstration Program Tests Financial Incentives for Improved Quality and Coordination in Large Group Practices

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The History of Medicare

In 1965, the Social Security Act established both Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare was a responsibility of the Social Security Administration (SSA), while Federal assistance to the State Medicaid programs was administered by the Social and Rehabilitation Service (SRS). SSA and SRS were agencies in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). In 1977, the Health Care Financing Administration was created under HEW to effectively coordinate Medicare and Medicaid. In 1980 HEW was divided into the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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