United prosposes beneficiary cost-sharing plan

Monday, December 31, 2001

MILWAUKEE - Due to what it calls inadequate federal reimbursement, Medicare managed care provider United Healthcare of Wisconsin has proposed implementing for the first time a 20% copayment for durable medical equipment in 2002.

United had considered exiting the Milwaukee market but decided it could afford to stay another year by implementing the DME copayment and other cost-sharing measures.

Citing continued inadequate federal reimbursements, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United of Wisconsin's Medicare HMO, covering about 10,000 beneficiaries in Southeastern Wisconsin, planned to exit the market Dec. 31. HME