HMO Victory, But Seniors Still Suffer Boston Herald Online (09/09/03) p.46; Powell, Jennifer Heldt
Even though Massachusetts' major health plans will continue to participate in Medicare HMO programs, seniors will be forced to pay up to $36 per month for the service. Insurance companies are remorseful about the premium hikes, but claim that reduced reimbursement rates from the federal government are to blame. Reimbursement rates rise about 2 percent yearly, but health care costs have risen over 8 percent per year, according to the American Association of Health Plans. Tufts plans to cut the option for some seniors in Middlesex and Essex counties as it struggles to continue offering the option.