October 9, 2009 11:11 AM

Commentary: Medicare Advantage provide no advantages to Alaskans

The dark side of Medicare Advantage is that the government spends about 14 percent more per senior citizen than for those enrolled in traditional Medicare, which is run directly by the federal government. That's a fairly recent development that should be reversed. A GAO study of 2007 Medicare Advantage plans found that most of the plans allocate less than 85 percent of revenues to medical expenses, with the rest going to administration, marketing, sales and profit. Shifting money out of Medicare Advantage is a nearly painless way to help pay for health care reform. For Alaskans it won't hurt a bit.

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