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Medicare revamp could hit ‘modest users’: study
Modern Healthcare

A restructured Medicare benefit design with a new limit on beneficiary cost-sharing could produce savings and help some, but also could impose additional costs on a majority of program beneficiaries who are relatively healthy and “modest users” of medical care, says a new study from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The analysis, Restructuring Medicare’s Benefit Design: Implications for Beneficiaries and Spending (PDF), comes a week before the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s deadline for a proposal to cut $1.5 trillion in federal spending.“