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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage: Facts, Options, and Implications

Testimony by Patricia Neuman, Sc.D., vice president and director of the Foundation’s Medicare Policy Project, for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing on Creating a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: begins with a brief review of existing sources of prescription drug coverage for the Medicare population and a discussion of how the lack of coverage affects people on Medicare. It then reviews broad approaches to improving prescription drug coverage, considers the key tradeoffs that each presents, and the implications for beneficiaries.