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Do We Know If Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans Are Special?


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  • James Verdier
  • Marsha Gold
  • Sarah Davis
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    Special needs plans (SNPs) are a type of Medicare Advantage managed care plan that serves individuals who have chronic or disabling conditions, are covered under both Medicare and Medicaid, or are institutionalized. Enrollment in SNPs has nearly doubled in the past year to almost 1.1 million, and many expect continued enrollment growth in both existing plans and in the nearly 300 new plans approved for 2008. This report describes the history of these plans, how they fit into the larger Medicare Advantage marketplace, and how to assess whether SNPs are performing differently from other Medicare Advantage plans.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 5782.

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    Length: 72
    Date of creation: 30 Jan 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:5782

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    Keywords: Medicare Advantage; Special Needs Plans;

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    1. Marsha Gold, 2006. "The Landscape of Private Firms Offering Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage in 2006," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 4952, Mathematica Policy Research.
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