For those of you who have had trouble keeping track of the many premium support proposals that have come out over the past year, the Kaiser Family Foundation has a handy comparison chart of the most prominent ones.
The chart includes four plans: House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) plan from the April House Budget Resolution, the Ryan-Wyden proposal from last December, the Domenici-Rivlin plan, and the Coburn-Burr "Seniors' Choice Act." The chart compares many aspects of each plan, including limits on spending growth, the role of traditional Medicare, cost-sharing, the benefits package, payment adjustments for health status and income, and many others. Obviously, the fundamental mechanism of premium support is constant in each plan--having health plans compete for the ability to offer coverage while seniors received a fixed payment to purchase health insurance--but details vary widely. Also, the chart compares all of these plans to current Medicare including the changes in the Affordable Care Act.
So if you need a reminder of which plans (for example) keep traditional Medicare, explicitly limit spending growth, or change traditional Medicare cost-sharing, be sure to check out Kaiser's chart in order to clear up confusion among the premium support plans.