This policy paper provides a critique of two proposals to
redesign the Medicare program: the "Medicare Preservation
and Improvement Act of 1999" (S. 1895, introduced by
Senator Breaux and others) and "The President's Plan to
Modernize and Strengthen Medicare for the 21st Century."
Rural implications of the proposals are discussed,
specifically how they affect rural Medicare beneficiaries
and rural providers of healthcare services. Report
produced by the RUPRI Rural Health Panel.
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Andrew Coburn, Charles Fluharty, J. Patrick Hart, A. Clinton MacKinney, Timothy McBride, Keith Mueller, Rebecca Slifkin, Mary Wakefield