Dual eligibles—the population eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits—are the focus of a number of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) demonstration projects. Full benefit dual eligibles—who overwhelmingly qualify for Medicaid and Medicare on the basis of a physical or mental disability—are the specific focus of the CMS dual eligible demo projects. The reason is simple. This group of people, because of the complexity and the high cost of their service needs, are prime candidates for improved health status and lower service costs by coordinating their service under both programs (see
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