Friday, May 9, 2014

My View: A skunk in the GOP woodpile : Footnotes and sources

My View: A skunk in the GOP woodpile |, newspaper  on line edition of my  prior blog and a version carried in the print edition, May 16, 2014.

From a recent posting by the Kaiser Family Foundation:; carried in


Medicare Advantage: Take Another Look

While health policy observers are mainly focused on the number of people enrolled in the new federal and state marketplaces, fewer are keeping a close eye on fairly big changes in the estimates and projections for enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans. The number of Medicare beneficiaries in Medicare private plans reached an all-time high this year of nearly 16 million beneficiaries, 6.3 million higher than the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had projected in 2010 soon after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted (Figure 1). The CBO now projects Medicare Advantage enrollment will reach 22 million beneficiaries by 2020, more than double the number projected shortly after the ACA was enacted."

But maybe this is why Medicare Advantage has not felt the full force of the ACA cuts because the cuts have been delayed: From the Washington Post:

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