Budget chief sees less Medicare Advantage benefits in new health bill

09/23/2009 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

The Senate Finance Committee's health care bill would reduce payments to Medicare Advantage plans by $100 billion or more over the next decade and consequently reduce benefits for seniors, Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf told senators on Tuesday. In response, White House spokesman Reid Cherlin stressed that Medicare Advantage plans "will still be paid more than traditional Medicare plans" under the competitive bidding proposal in the bill.

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