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Medicare prescription drug premiums projected to remain stable

July
29

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) projected today that the average premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2016 will remain stable, at an estimated $32.50 per month. 

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2014-2024 Projections of National Health Expenditures Data Released

July
28

Total health care spending growth is expected to average 5.8 percent in aggregate over 2014-2024, according to a report published today in Health Affairs authored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of the Actuary (OACT). The authors noted that this rate of growth is still substantially lower than the 9 percent average rate seen in the three decades before 2008.  

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On its 50th anniversary, more than 55 million Americans covered by Medicare

July
28

As Medicare and Medicaid celebrate their 50th anniversary protecting the health and well-being of millions of seniors, people with disabilities and low-income individuals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released updated Medicare state-by-state enrollment numbers, showing that more than 55 million Americans are covered by Medicare.

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Covered California proposed rates to increase by only 4 percent in 2016

July
27

Today, Covered California announced a modest proposed 4 percent statewide weighted average rate increase for plans offered in 2016 on their Health Insurance Marketplace, which is lower than last year’s increase of 4.2 percent.  This is the second year in a row that Covered California has achieved single-digit rate increases. As of earlier this year, Covered California accounted for more than one out of every eight Marketplace enrollees who paid for coverage nationwide.

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Medicare Trustees Report shows continued slow cost growth

July
22

Today, the Medicare Trustees projected that the trust fund that finances Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030, unchanged from last year, but with an improved long-term outlook from last year's report. Under this year’s projection, the trust fund will remain solvent 13 years longer than the Trustees projected in 2009, before the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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