Rural Perspective on Restructuring Medicare

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August 2002
The objective of this project is to analyze, from the rural perspective, proposals to significantly restructure the Medicare program. We are documenting utilization of prescription drugs by rural beneficiaries and examining implications on design of a Medicare benefit. In addition, we are examining implications of alternative designs of the premium for a government-run, Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) plan (plan that is a key ingredient in the leading restructuring proposals), and rural effects of varying eligibility provisions for a drug benefit.