Understanding the Impacts of the Medicare Modernization Act: Concerns of Congressional Staff

Journal of Rural Health

The most efficient mechanism for research to affect policy is to provide policy makers with information on issues about which they have voiced concern. The Rural Policy Research Institute's Health Panel conducted 2 focus groups with 16 congressional staff in September 2004 to identify a set of researchable questions concerning the impact of the MMA on rural healthcare. This paper presents research questions in the following areas that congressional staff identified as having the highest priority: access to health plans and pharmacy services, beneficiary outreach and enrollment, technology capacity, provider payment policy, and demonstration projects.

Maine Rural Health Research Center, RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
Keith Mueller, Andrew Coburn, A. Clinton MacKinney, Timothy McBride, Rebecca Slifkin, Mary Wakefield