Many Insurers Want Single-State Medicare Part D Regions, AHIP Says
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Many plans believe it would be “prudent” to start with 50 regions in Medicare Advantage and the Part D program, the health plans trade group tells a Senate committee. However, Aetna, Humana and United have urged CMS to establish fewer than 50 regions.
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