Medicare Advantage: The Case for Protecting Patient Choice

Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Medicare Advantage: The Case for Protecting Patient Choice. Heritage Foundation WebMemo #1836. March 6, 2008.
“the estimated 4 percent profit margins of Medicare Advantage plans are considerably below the profit margins for most major industries.”
“officials at the CMS estimate that Medicare beneficiaries are, on average, getting additional benefits in the program worth more than $90 per month, or $1,100 per year.”
“Empirical analysis shows that low-income and minority beneficiaries have disproportionately enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, taking advantage of the lower cost-sharing and richer benefits.”

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