New Research Highlights Effects of Medigap Reform

Vol. VI, No. 4
October 2003

Research funded by the Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program has resulted in important findings on the effects of reforms to the Medigap program. Although Medigap coverage receives little public attention, it is a critical source of health insurance for about one-quarter of Medicare beneficiaries, for whom Medigap reimburses for cost sharing and selected services that Medicare does not cover. It is particularly important for researchers and policymakers to understand the role of Medigap coverage as Congress considers reforming the Medicare program. The findings highlighted in this brief can inform the current debate.