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Visualizing Health Policy
September 10, 2014

The Role of Medicare Advantage

Kaiser Family Foundation
JAMA. 2014;312(10):990. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10090

This Visualizing Health Policy provides a snapshot of the role of the Medicare Advantage plans, an alternative to traditional Medicare, including information about the proportion of Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, geographic differences in Medicare Advantage penetration, the trend of increasing enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans, and the concentration of enrollment within a small number of firms and affiliates. It also shows the extent to which Medicare has been paying more for beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage plans than for those in traditional Medicare, although that payment differential is projected to decline.

The Role of Medicare Advantage

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation (http://kff.org) analysis. Original data and detailed source information are available at http://kff.org/jama_091014.
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*Produced by: Gretchen Jacobson, PhD; Christina Swoope, MSPH; Patricia Neuman, ScD; Anne Jankiewicz; and David Rousseau, MPH.