Forum Session

Employer Use of Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans as a Retiree Health Benefit
April 11, 2008

Manager

Mary Ellen Stahlman

Summary

Medicare private fee-for-service (PFFS) plans are Medicare Advantage (MA) plans that are similar in design to traditional Medicare and commercially available fee-for-service plans. Enrollment in PFFS plans has increased substantially in recent years. Employer interest in offering PFFS plans to retirees has also increased, in part because the plans can be less expensive and easy to manage, and because PFFS plans are available nationwide. This Forum session explored why PFFS plans are an attractive option to many employers and retirees; whether Medicare is paying too much for them (and giving employers a great deal at Medicare’s expense); and the potential impact on employers and retirees if Congress lowers payments to MA plans, including PFFS.

Speakers

Mark E. Miller, PhD, Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; Lawrence Becker, Director, Benefits, Xerox Corporation; Abby L. Block, Director, Center for Beneficiary Choices, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Steven Kreisberg, Director, Collective Bargaining and Health Care Policy, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Slides from the presentations by Dr. Miller, Mr. Becker and Ms. Block are available for download.

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