Medicare Plan F: Has Been Removed or Isn’t Available in the Same Fashion

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5. Why is Plan F Being Eliminated?

As Medicare Plan F is being phased out, many are wondering why? The changes that are occurring are due to the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MARA). Some people call this the doc fix law. The law basically ensures that physicians and health care providers will receive adequate compensation for services rendered.

It was hoped that if doctors were paid better than they would provide better service to Medicare recipients. Early laws lowered the price that was paid to doctors, so these changes were considered an improvement.

Previously, physicians had threatened to leave the Medicare programs because of the cuts so Congress was forced to act. Usually, Congress votes at the last minute to stall the cuts but provided no long term solutions. However, the goal was always to come up with a solution for Medicare to prevent doctors from leaving.

The costs to fix the program held at about $200 billion over 10 years. Congress was forced to scramble to come up with the money, so they turned to reform existing Medigap policies and a few other measures to remain solvent.

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