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CMS and Rhode Island Partner to Coordinate Care for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees

July
30

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new partnership with the State of Rhode Island to test an initiative to improve services for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees.  The new demonstration will allow Rhode Island and CMS to contract with a Medicare-Medicaid Plan to provide an integrated set of Medicare and Medicaid benefits for enrolled beneficiaries. Approximately 30,000 Medicare-Medicaid enrollees in Rhode Island will be eligible for the demonstration.

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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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