Paying for Medicare: Benefits, Budgets, and Wilbur Mills's Policy Legacy

  title={Paying for Medicare: Benefits, Budgets, and Wilbur Mills's Policy Legacy},
  author={Eric M. Patashnik and Julian E. Zelizer},
  journal={Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law},
  pages={36 - 7}
Medicare features an unusually complex financing design. The Hospital Insurance Trust Fund pays for Part A of Medicare (hospital stays), while the Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund finances Part B (doctor visits, outpatient care, and certain home health services). At a time when Medicare policy is generating debate, this article takes a new analytical look at the origins and consequences of the program's peculiar bifurcated structure. Addressing historians of the U.S. welfare state as… 

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