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Medicare buy-in would raise premiums, threaten care access, report finds

An analysis published by the Federation of American Hospitals and the American Hospital Association showed that implementation of a universal Medicare buy-in policy would prompt over 20 million people to leave commercial plans and shift to Medicare, costing hospitals $800 billion over a decade through lower Medicare reimbursements. The study, which focused on the Medicare X proposal introduced by Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., showed the proposal could also destabilize insurance markets, raise premiums and compromise health care access.

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