Forum Session

From 10 to 50: Options for Medicare Advantage Plan Regions
September 17, 2004


Nora Super


This meeting provided an overview of the new regional Medicare Advantage (MA) plans as envisioned by the MMA. To implement the MA program, the secretary of health and human services was required to define appropriate regions for MA regional plans. The MMA called for the creation of 10 to 50 MA regions within the 50 states and the District of Columbia by January 1, 2005. Speakers discussed the options being considered by the secretary; a panel of staff members from Capitol Hill commented.


Michael J. O’Grady, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Planning, and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Leslie M. Greenwald, PhD, Senior Scientist, RTI International; and Len M. Nichols, PhD, Vice President, Center for Studying Health System Change.

With comments from:
Mark Hayes, Health Policy Director, Committee on Finance, Republican Staff, U.S. Senate; Cybele Bjorklund, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Health, Democratic Staff, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives; Kathleen Weldon, Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Health, Republican Staff, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives; and Elizabeth J. Fowler, JD, PhD, Chief Health and Entitlements, Counsel, Committee on Finance, Democratic Staff, U.S. Senate.

Slides from the presentations by Dr. Greenwald and Dr. Nichols are available for download.

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