Reflections on Medicare at 50: Breaking the Chains of Path Dependency for a New Era

40 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2015

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Richard L. Kaplan

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2015

Abstract

On the occasion of Medicare’s 50th anniversary, this Article examines the evolution of this essential program from its enactment in 1965 through implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Persons who are, or soon will be, newly enrolled in Medicare may be especially interested in the first part of this Article, which addresses the coverages, exclusions, and costs of Medicare’s constituent parts and concludes (on pp. 20-21) with seven critical questions that every new beneficiary must consider before enrolling. The Article then proffers policy recommendations to better align Medicare with current models of health insurance and provide more appropriate coverage of long-term care expenses.

Suggested Citation

Kaplan, Richard L., Reflections on Medicare at 50: Breaking the Chains of Path Dependency for a New Era (July 1, 2015). Elder Law Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2015; University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-38. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2705030

Richard L. Kaplan (Contact Author)

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