The Medicare Advantage Program in 2014. V. Conclusion

04/07/2014

In order to make good on the original rationale for including private plans in Medicare, the Medicare Advantage program needs to continue improving quality, while lowering costs. The early experience following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act indicates that the MA program is moving in the right direction – beneficiaries have a robust choice of plans, costs are coming down (relative to fee-for-service), while benefits remain stable, and quality is improving.

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