Policy Topic Search and Selection

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Policy Topic Search and Selection
University of Phoenix
HCS/445
February 27, 2012

Policy Topic Search and Selection
Introduction
For the following research topic I have conducted an internet search on health policy and I also used The Kaiser Family Foundation Health Policy Topic list. After looking at The Kaiser Family Foundation Policy Topic list I decided to focus my research on Medicare. I will start off with a definition and explanation of Medicare followed by the stakeholders affected by Medicare system.

Background Information
Medicare was established in 1965 and is a social insurance program that provides health and financial security for individuals ages 65 and older and for younger people with permanent disabilities (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010). As history has shown this program has provided seniors with vital health care that more then half of them lacked prior to the establishment of this program. Currently in the United States almost all seniors have health insurance under Medicare. In 2010 the statistics on Medicare coverage where 47 million people in 2010: 39 million people ages 65 and older and 8 million people with permanent disabilities who are under age 65 (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010). The Medicare “program helps to pay for many important health care services, including hospitalizations, physician services, and prescription drugs” (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010). Program funding comes from “individuals contribute payroll taxes to Medicare throughout their working lives and generally become eligible for Medicare when they reach age 65, regardless of income or health status” (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010). In March 2010 Medicare was expanded by the health care reform law. This law made provisions that expanded prescription drug and “prevention benefits covered under Medicare and introduces new programs designed to improve the quality and delivery of care to people covered by Medicare” (Kaiser...
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