Health Insurance Reform Project Helps Design Program to Improve Health Care for Medicare Recipients with Multiple Chronic Illnesses

Health Insurance Reform Project: Medicare, access, and quality

From 2003 to 2004, staff from the Health Insurance Reform Project (HIRP), a nonprofit, nonpartisan program at George Washington University, worked with staff from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help design a program to improve the quality of care and life for people with multiple chronic illnesses.

The program—called Medicare Health Support—helps fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries adhere to their physicians' health care advice and obtain appropriate medical care to reduce their health risks.

One month after this grant began, Congress authorized Medicare Health Support programs with the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act. In four small, "off-the-record" meetings, project staff helped CMS staff obtain expert, nonpartisan input on the design, implementation and evaluation of Medicare Health Support.