Medicare program; establishment of the Medicare advantage program. Final rule.Fed Regist 2005; 70(18):4587-741FR
This final rule implements provisions of the Social Security Act (the Act) establishing and regulating the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. The MA program was enacted in Title II of The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) (Pub. L. 108-173) on December 8, 2003. The MA program replaces the Medicare+Choice (M+C) program established under Part C of title XVIII of the Act, while retaining most key features of the M+C program. The MA program attempts to broadly reform and expand the availability of private health plan options to Medicare beneficiaries. This final rule responds to public comments on a proposed rule published on August 3, 2004 (FR 69 46866).