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Commentary
November 10, 1999

Potential Effects of the "Premium-Support" Proposal on the Security of Medicare

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center for Health Services Research and Policy, School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1999;282(18):1760-1763. doi:10.1001/jama.282.18.1760

Adjournment of the Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare without a proposed solution to Medicare's long-term solvency problems created a small tempest in Washington. The eye of the hurricane was a proposal to introduce more market competition into Medicare by converting it into a premium-based insurance plan. Under the proposal, the federal government would pay a defined portion of the premium for a standard benefit package, and the beneficiary would pay the rest.

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