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GAO Report: Continuous Insurance Before Medicare Enrollment Associated with Better Health and Lower Program Spending
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Jan. 17, 2014
35 pages. "Beneficiaries with continuous health insurance coverage for approximately 6 years before enrolling in Medicare were more likely than those without prior continuous insurance to report being in good health or better during the first 6 years in Medicare. In particular, having prior continuous insurance raised the predicted probability that a beneficiary reported being in good health or better by nearly 6 percentage points during the first 6 years in Medicare. Beneficiaries with prior continuous insurance had lower total program spending during the first year in Medicare compared with those without prior continuous insurance." [GAO-14-53, published Dec. 17, 2013, released Jan. 16, 2014]

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