Medicare Spending Tied To Prior Insurance, GAO Says

Law360, New York (January 17, 2014, 6:35 PM EST) -- Older Americans who have private insurance shortly before enrolling in Medicare enter the program in better health and cost the federal government less money, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported Friday — a potential sign of a monetary return on investment from the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion.

The GAO report, which had been requested by several Senate Democrats, looked at Americans who had coverage during three consecutive two-year periods while aged 55-64. Such Americans were about 5 percent more likely to report being in good...
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