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GAO Report: Options for Employment-Based Prescription Drug Benefits Under Medicare
U.S. Government Accountability Office [GAO]Link to more items from this source
Feb. 15, 2005
68 pages. "Employers and other plan sponsors have used various strategies to limit overall benefit cost growth that included increasing retiree cost sharing and premiums, restricting eligibility for benefits, placing financial caps on health care expenditures, and revising prescription drug benefits. Many plan sponsors had not made final decisions about which MMA prescription drug options they would choose for their Medicare-eligible retirees at the time of GAO's review.... [M]ost plan sponsors interviewed had chosen the federal subsidy option for some or all retirees or were considering the subsidy as one of several options. Alternatively, some plan sponsors that had set caps on their retiree health benefit obligations were considering supplementing (known as 'wrapping around') the new Medicare [Part D] prescription drug benefit for some or all retirees rather than providing their own comprehensive prescription drug coverage in lieu of the Medicare drug benefit." [GAO-05-205, Feb. 14, 2005]

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