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Informed Choice: The Case for Standardizing and Simplifying Medicare Private Health Plans

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Publication Date: September 2007

Publisher(s): Medicare Rights Center; California Health Advocates

Author(s): Bonnie Burns; David Lipschutz; Paul Precht

Funder(s): California HealthCare Foundation

Funder(s): California HealthCare Foundation

Topic: Health (Health services administration)

Type: Report

Coverage: California New York


This report posits that people with Medicare would be better able to make informed decisions about their coverage options and be more likely to receive protection against high out-of-pocket spending on health care if Medicare private health plans--so-called Medicare Advantage plans--were only allowed to offer a finite number of standardized benefit packages.