National Partnership for Women & Families

Research Library: Medicare

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Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Summary of Key Provisions

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest advance for women’s health in a generation. Improving health care has long been a priority for women, reflecting their experiences as patients, mothers, and caregivers.


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Improving Health Care for Older Women

Access to affordable, quality health care is central to older women’s quality of life and economic security. The good news is that if you are a woman 65 years of age or older, you have a lot to gain from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Why the Affordable Care Act Matters for Women: Improving Health Coverage for Lower-Income Women

The high cost of health care places a particular burden on lower-income women who need health services but often struggle to pay premiums and out-of-pocket costs. The problem has been exacerbated because many insurers charge women higher rates simply because of their gender, thereby putting health coverage out of reach—especially for many lower-income women.


Why Medicare Matters for Women in Alabama

Medicare is a linchpin of financial and health security for millions of older women – including more than 447,000 older women in Alabama – guaranteeing them coverage for affordable, quality health care.


Medicare: Providing Critical Support for America’s Older Women

Older women rely on Medicare every day for affordable, quality health care. More than half of the 48.7 million Medicare beneficiaries are women. Women also constitute 70 percent of the oldest Medicare beneficiaries – those 85 years or older.


Medicare: Providing Critical Support for America's Older Women

Older women rely on Medicare every day for affordable, quality health care. More than half of the 48.7 million Medicare beneficiaries are women.


CMS Rule on Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) (June 2011)

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are a potentially innovative health care delivery model that could provide an opportunity to improve the quality of our healthcare system by delivering coordinated, patient- and family-centered care.


Older Women Need ACA

Because women live longer, they make up more than half of the Medicare population and are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions. As both caregivers and patients, older women have borne the brunt of shortcomings in our health care system – high costs, poor quality, and fragmented, uncoordinated care.


Letter in Opposition to H.R.2 (Repealing Health Reform), (January 2011)

I am writing to ask you to protect women and families in your district by opposing repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In recent years, my colleagues and I have talked to countless women across this country who struggle mightily in a health care system fraught with delays, discrimination, and denials of care.


Meaningful Use Incentive Program Structure

The HITECH Act provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”) established Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to providers who are meaningful users of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology.


On the Road to Recovery: Reproductive Health Legislative, Regulatory and Political Highlights of 2008

In 2008, virtually all reproductive health debates and decisions in the legislative and policy arenas took place against the backdrop of one of the most unforgettable presidential campaigns in history – one in which voters could not have been presented with a starker choice between candidates on reproductive health policy. When the dust had settled, the country had elected a pro-choice, pro-prevention President with a strong track record of support for women’s reproductive health.


Final HHS Regulation

Several provisions of federal law prohibit recipients of certain federal funds from coercing individuals in the health care field into participating in actions they find religiously or morally objectionable. These same provisions also prohibit discrimination on the basis of one’s objection to, participation in, or refusal to participate in, specific medical procedures, including abortion or sterilization.


Proposed HHS Regulation

The Department of Health and Human Services proposes to promulgate regulations to ensure that Department funds do not support morally coercive or discriminatory practices or policies in violation of federal law, pursuant to the Church Amendments, Public Health Service Act § 245, and the Weldon Amendment.


Social Security At a Glance

Today’s working families deserve the same protection that Social Security has provided for the last seven decades. There is no other guaranteed wage-replacement program, public or private, that offers the same level of security to America’s working families.


Comments on the Translation Threshold for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (January 2011)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed regulations that would require private Medicare plans (Part C and D plans) to translate written materials only into languages spoken by 10 percent of the population in the plan’s service area. Under this standard most of the approximately three million limited English proficient (LEP) Medicare enrollees would not get translated materials from their plans.


Why Medicare Matters for Women in Alaska

Medicare is a linchpin of financial and health security for millions of older women – including more than 34,000 older women in Alaska – guaranteeing them coverage for affordable, quality health care.


Why Medicare Matters for Women in Arizona

Medicare is a linchpin of financial and health security for millions of older women – including more than 466,000 older women in Arizona – guaranteeing them coverage for affordable, quality health care.


Why Medicare Matters for Women in Arkansas

Medicare is a linchpin of financial and health security for millions of older women – including more than 288,000 older women in Arkansas – guaranteeing them coverage for affordable, quality health care.


Why Medicare Matters for Women in California

Medicare is a linchpin of financial and health security for millions of older women – including more than 2.6 million older women in California – guaranteeing them coverage for affordable, quality health care.


Why Medicare Matters for Women in Colorado

Medicare is a linchpin of financial and health security for millions of older women – including more than 357,000 older women in Colorado – guaranteeing them coverage for affordable, quality health care.


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