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Medicare Savings Program sees enrollment rise
Modern Healthcare

Efforts to boost enrollment in the Medicare Savings Program, which provides help to low-income beneficiaries who can’t afford their premiums, have been successful in expanding the program’s numbers, according to a GAO report.

The report found that enrollment in the Medicare Savings Program increased every year since 2007, but the highest increases occurred in 2010 and 2011, following an outreach effort from the Social Security Administration.  It noted that the SSA spent $11.7 million in fiscal years 2009 to 2011 on building awareness and staff training, coming in well under its $27.1 million budget for that time period.

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