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A Closer Look (Health Care Crunch) #193016

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 29, 2000
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(Studio: Kevin Newman) Seniors' concerns about health care coverage introduced; statistics on Medicare and HMOs cited.

(Washington: Jackie Judd) The shift of HMOs out of the Medicare program featured; details given of the withdrawal of major carriers like Aetna and Cigna. [Market analyst Greg CRAWFORD - comments on the system.] [Senior Mary CLYNE, Medicare Rights Center President Diane ARCHER - respond to HMO pull-outs.] [American Association of Health Plans president Karen IGNAGNI - says the program is underpaid.] [Senior John CLYNE - comments.]

(Studio: Kevin Newman) House Republicans' passage of a bill to help seniors pay for prescription drugs reported.

(Capitol Hill: Linda Douglass) The problems with the prescription drug plans proposed by the Republicans and by President Clinton examined; details given of the coverage, premiums, deductibles, catastrophic coverage in the two plans. [Drug user Frieda HURLONG - says drugs take most of her money; wonders what the government will do.] [Kaiser Family Foundation Larry LEVITT - says there would still be out-of-pocket expenses.]

Douglass, Linda;
Judd, Jackie;
Newman, Kevin

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