Effects of Medicaid Coverage of Medicare Cost Sharing on Access to Care

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March 2015 | Access and Quality

Since its enactment in 1965, Medicaid has played a role in paying for some Medicare premiums and cost sharing for certain beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

Current interest in redesigning Medicare’s cost-sharing policies provides an opportunity to reexamine the roles of both Medicare and Medicaid in providing assistance for low-income Medicare beneficiaries. Future Commission work will focus on eligibility and enrollment issues related to the Medicare Savings Programs and areas where Medicaid policy changes can improve access for low-income Medicare beneficiaries.

Publication Type: Reports to Congress

From: March 2015 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP

Tags: access, cost sharing, cross over claims, dually eligible beneficiaries, Medicare, Medicare Savings Programs, payment