Congress' money-saving ideas for Medicare would lower enrollment

05/7/2013 | Hill, The

A RAND Corp. study found that three ideas being considered by Congress to reduce Medicare spending would each cut enrollment by 2% to 14%. The proposals are raising eligibility to age 67, using vouchers and introducing a premium for hospital coverage. "Each of these policies can save money for the Medicare program," lead researcher Christine Eibner said. "The question is what to do about those people who lose Medicare as the cost rises or they are excluded."

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