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November 02, 2017

Kaiser Family Foundation: Medigap Reforms: Potential Effects Of Benefit Restrictions On Medicare Spending And Beneficiary Costs -- This report details three options for changes in Medigap. The first -- a plan with a relatively high deductible for Medicare Part A and B and a out-of-pocket spending limit -- would reduce federal Medicare spending by $4.6 billion a year. The second, which would save about half as much, has a lower annual deductible and a lower out-of-pocket limit. The third would have a cost-sharing requirement for physician and emergency room visits and would save the program about $1.5 billion. The report also finds: "Under each of the options, enrollees would see an increase in average out-of-pocket spending for Medicare-covered services, as their Medigap policies become less generous. As a result of higher cost-sharing requirements, beneficiaries with Medigap could be expected to use fewer Medicare-covered services, leading to a decrease in average Medigap premiums" (Merlis, 7/20).

Related, from KHN: FAQ: Seniors May See Changes in Medigap Policies (Appleby, 7/15).

This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.