Evaluation of Selected Aspects of the National Medicare Education Program: Final Design Report. 2.2.2 Evaluations of Specific NMEP Activities

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We also examined how previous evaluations have studied the full range of specific NMEP activities. Table 2-2 highlights the number of studies that addressed each NMEP activity out of the 53 total studies reviewed and congressional monies allocated to them between 1999 and 2005. The Medicare & You handbook was the most studied specific activity, followed by the 1-800-MEDICARE helpline.

Table 2-2. Extent of Previous Research and Funding for NMEP Activities

NMEP Activity

Number of Studies Reviewed (N = 53)

Total Budget Allocation in Millions (1999 2005)a

Medicare & You handbook

29

$271.04b

1-800-MEDICARE helpline

18

$650.30

http://www.medicare.gov/

19

$70.00

SHIPs

13

$206.26c

REACH activities

4

$206.26c

Train-the-trainer program

1

Unknown

a In 2005, funding for the NMEP components also included funds designated as part of MMA beneficiary education.

b Amount includes all print materials for the NMEP and is not exclusive to the handbook.

c Amount is for community outreach activities including both SHIPs and REACH.

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