The 38.1 million Medicare beneficiaries include:
1.1 million military retirees
8.8 million veterans
Legislation proposed by the Department of Veterans Affairs would have:
Established a three-year pilot program permitting Medicare reimbursement at a small number of VA facilities that treat Medicare-eligible veterans not otherwise entitled to care because of income or disability qualifications.
Set reimbursement standards for those facilities at 95% of existing Medicare rates.
Required the VA to continue treating, out of its own budget, some of those nonentitled veterans on a space-available basis. Medicare payment rates would have been reduced to ensure that the VA continue its current level of service to those veterans.
Legislation proposed by the Defense Department would have:
Established a three-year pilot program permitting Medicare to pay for healthcare of military retirees who join military managed-care plans in a limited number of areas.
Reimbursed those plans, in the first year, at 93% of the annual per-person cost of treating Medicare beneficiaries on a fee-for-service basis in those regions.
Required the Defense Department to continue treating, out of its own budget, some of those Medicare-eligible retirees. The Defense Department would have been required to maintain its current level of service to those retirees.
Sources: Defense Department, Department of Veterans Affairs