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The Emerging Role of Group Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans

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Publication Date: December 2008

Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Topic: Health (Health care financing)
Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Keywords: medicare,; Advantage; PFFS

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


This issue brief examines the recent boom in Medicare Advantage enrollment attributable to employers contracting with Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) plans to cover their Medicare-eligible retirees. Between 2006 and 2008, the number of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage group plans nearly doubled from 900,000 to nearly 1.7 million as of June 2008; most of this growth is attributable to contracts between employers and PFFS plans.