Medicare+Choice: Where to from Here?
September 8, 2000
In June and July 2000, several of the largest commercial health maintenance organizations (HMOs) announced plans to withdraw next year from the Medicare program in numerous markets, affecting more than 934,000 Medicare beneficiaries — nearly triple the number of beneficiaries who were affected last year. These plan withdrawals have prompted many policymakers to worry about the future of the Medicare+Choice (M+C) program. This Forum session examined the most recent data regarding M+C plan participation, benefit coverage, and enrollment and the factors that have contributed to plans' decisions to participate in or withdraw from certain markets. In addition, the session explored what has been happening to M+C enrollees in terms of costs, benefits, and continuity of care.
William Scanlon, PhD, Director, Health Financing and Public Health Issues, U.S. General Accounting Office; David Lemire, Vice President, Senior Business Segment, CIGNA HealthCare; Michelle Holzer, Program Officer, Senior Health Insurance Program, Maryland Department of Aging.
More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 758.