Medicare Choice: How HMO Withdrawals Affect Rural Beneficiaries

Publication Date: October 1st, 2001
Publication Type(s): Policy Brief
Author(s): Moscovice, I., Casey, M., Knott, A.

The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of the January 1, 1999 Medicare HMO withdrawals and service reductions on rural Medicare beneficiaries. The study’s focus on rural beneficiaries arose from a concern that the loss of HMO coverage¬† would have a greater impact on rural beneficiaries, who were much less likely than urban beneficiaries to have another Medicare managed care plan available in their county. The study used data from a survey of Me d i c a re beneficiaries to address both the immediate impact of the loss of coverage, and the longer term impact 13 to 16 months later.

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