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Medicare Advantage 2017 Spotlight: Enrollment Market Update

Issue Brief
  1. Congressional Budget Office, “Medicare – Congressional Budget Office’s January 2017 Baseline,” January 24, 2017. Available at: https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/recurringdata/51302-2017-01-medicare.pdf.

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  2. G. Jacobson, P. Neuman, and A. Damico. “At Least Half of New Medicare Advantage Enrollees Had Switched From Traditional Medicare During 2006-11,” Health Affairs, vol. 34 no. 1, p. 48-55, January 2015. Also see G. Jacobson, T. Neuman, and A. Damico. “Medigap Enrollment Among New Medicare Beneficiaries: How Many 65-Year Olds Enroll In Plans With First-Dollar Coverage?” Washington DC: Kaiser Family Foundation, April 2015. Available at: http://kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/medigap-enrollment-among-new-medicare-beneficiaries/, last accessed June 5, 2015.

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  3. For example, General Electric moved its hourly retirees who turn 65 by January 2018 to a health exchange where they can purchase a subsidized Medigap or Medicare Advantage policy (the policy already applied to salaried workers). See James Passeri, “GE Saves $3.3 Billion With Cuts to Retirees’ Life, Health Benefits,” The Street, August 4, 2015, available at: https://www.thestreet.com/story/13239214/1/ge-saves-33-billion-with-cuts-to-retirees-life-health-benefits.html.

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  4. G. Jacobson, M. Gold, A. Damico, T. Neuman, and G. Casillas. “Medicare Advantage 2016 Data Spotlight: Overview of Plan Changes,” Washington DC: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, December 2015. Available at: http://kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/medicare-advantage-2016-data-spotlight-overview-of-plan-changes/.

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  5. G. Jacobson, C. Swoope, M. Perry, and M.C. Slosar. “How are Seniors Choosing and Changing Health Insurance Plans?” Kaiser Family Foundation, May 2014. Available at: http://kff.org/medicare/report/how-are-seniors-choosing-and-changing-health-insurance-plans/.

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  6. Limits were required for regional PPOs since they were first authorized in 2006.

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  7. CMS conducted a demonstration between 2012 and 2014 that provided bonus payments to the vast majority of plans.  For more information, see G. Jacobson, T. Neuman, A. Damico and J. Huang, “Medicare Advantage Plan Star Ratings and Bonus Payments in 2012,” Kaiser Family Foundation, November 2011. Available at: http://kff.org/medicare/report/medicare-advantage-2012-star-ratings-and-bonuses/.

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  8. G. Jacobson, C. Swoope, M. Perry, and M.C. Slosar. “How are Seniors Choosing and Changing Health Insurance Plans?” Kaiser Family Foundation, May 2014. Available at: http://kff.org/medicare/report/how-are-seniors-choosing-and-changing-health-insurance-plans/.

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  9. Marsha Gold and Giselle Casillas. “What Do We Know About Health Care Access and Quality in Medicare Advantage Versus the Traditional Medicare Program?” Kaiser Family Foundation, November 2014. Available at: http://kff.org/medicare/report/what-do-we-know-about-health-care-access-and-quality-in-medicare-advantage-versus-the-traditional-medicare-program/.

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