Unintended Consequences

July 2009
HealthLeaders Magazine;Jul2009, Vol. 12 Issue 7, p58
The article examines the consequences of the private Medicare program called Medicare Advantage for health insurance beneficiaries and their families in the U.S. The program is said to have caused an increase in fees by 13 percent. Supporters say that cutting Medicare Advantage payments could affect special needs plans (SNP) for the sickest beneficiaries. Compared to traditional fee-for-service Medicare or other Medicare Advantage plans, SNP feature higher per person medical costs.


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