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Medicare Restructuring: The FEHBP Model

This report provides a comprehensive description of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and compares the FEHBP and Medicare programs as they are currently structured. It reviews evidence on the performance of FEHBP and examines the implications of restructuring Medicare to conform to a FEHBP-based plan. Overall, the report suggests that FEHBP offers some promise as an approach for reforming Medicare, but important issues would have to be addressed to adapt the model to Medicare. An executive summary is also available: , Summary, Mark Merlis ofthe Institute for Health Policy Solutions, February 1999, (#1462).