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Sorting Out the Medicare Debate: Information from a Nonpartisan Source

For Immediate Release: August 23, 2000
Contact: Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097


WASHINGTON, DC – As the Medicare debate moves to the forefront of American politics, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) offers nonpartisan, objective information that can help to sort through competing claims and campaign rhetoric. The Academy is a nonprofit research and education organization made up of the nation's leading experts on Medicare, Social Security, and other social insurance programs. It does not lobby or take positions on policy issues.


How important is Medicare to Americans? See…
  • Medicare and the American Social Contract, Chapter One
  • The Economic Status of the Elderly, Medicare Brief No. 4

Who pays for Medicare? See…
  • A Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Medicare Brief No. 1
  • Should Higher Income Beneficiaries Pay More for Medicare? Medicare Brief No. 2
  • The Financing Needs of a Restructured Medicare Program, Medicare Brief No. 5

What is Medicare's "financing problem"? See…
  • The Financing Needs of a Restructured Medicare Program, Medicare Brief No. 5
  • Securing Medicare's Future: What are the Issues, pg. 1

Why reform or restructure Medicare? See…
  • Restructuring Medicare: Next Steps, Chapter One
  • Medicare and the American Social Contract, Chapter One

What does "restructuring" Medicare, or changing it into a "premium support" system mean? See…
  • Restructuring Medicare: Next Steps, Chapter One
  • Medicare and the American Social Contract, Chapter Four
  • Structuring Medicare Choices, Chapter Three

What are proposals to "modernize" Medicare intended to do? See…
  • From a Generation Behind to a Generation Ahead: Transforming Traditional Medicare, pg. 13
  • Medicare and the American Social Contract, Chapter Four
  • Restructuring Medicare: Next Steps, Chapter Two

What does Medicare cover? Where are the gaps in coverage? See…
  • Medicare and the American Social Contract, Chapter One
  • Supplemental Health Insurance for Medicare Beneficiaries, Medicare Brief No. 6
  • A Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Medicare Brief No. 1

What are the issues in prescription drug coverage? See…
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Medicare Brief No. 1

Are Medicare beneficiaries paying their fair share? See…
  • Should Higher Income Beneficiaries Pay More for Medicare? Medicare Brief No. 2
  • The Economic Status of the Elderly, Medicare Brief No. 4

What do beneficiaries think about Medicare reform? See…
  • Medicare and the American Social Contract, Chapter Three
  • Restructuring Medicare: Values and Policy Options, Research Brief
  • Medicare Today and Tomorrow: Views from California (video)

What about replacing Medicare with individual accounts? See…
  • Individualizing Medicare, Medicare Brief No. 3
  • Medicare and the American Social Contract, Chapter Four

Whom can I contact to learn more?
  • See “Experts to Contact” or www.nasi.org
  • Call (202) 452-8097 and ask for Jill Braunstein, Director of Communications, or Jill Bernstein, Ph.D., Director of Health Policy Studies.

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The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of the nation's leading experts on Medicare, Social Security, Workers' Compensation, and other social insurance programs. Its mission is to conduct research and enhance public understanding of social insurance, develop new leaders, and provide a nonpartisan forum for the exchange of important ideas in the field.
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