MEDICARE REFORM: Commission Wants Public Input
The National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare yesterday asked the public to offer solutions to the program's long-term financial problems. The public "Call for Solutions" establishes an August 24 deadline "for an opportunity to testify" before the panel. The public is asked to address three "main questions":
- "How would this proposal successfully finance Medicare? Would new sources of money be needed? Would this strengthen the program's finances?"
- "How would this idea encourage more efficiency? How would it curb costs while ensuring quality care?"
- "How would the proposal affect Medicare beneficiaries' pocketbooks?"
Public input should be mailed to the commission at this address: Call for Solutions, c/o National Medicare Commission, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540-1998 (Goldreich, Washington Times, 8/14). The Call for Solutions is posted on the commission's website, located at http://thomas.loc.gov/medicare/. This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.