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Trends in Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Prescription Drug Coverage 1996-1999


This paper, featured in the February 27, 2002, online issue of Health Affairs, examines trends in Medicare beneficiaries supplemental insurance and prescription drug coverage between 1996 and 1999, using the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) Access to Care files. It also provides snapshot estimates of coverage among subgroups of Medicare beneficiaries in 1999. The findings from this study provide important context for the debate over current policy proposals to reform Medicare and extend prescription drug coverage to the entire Medicare population.


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