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Medicare Part D: Issues for Dual Eligibles on the Eve of Implementation

Medicare Part D: Issues for Dual Eligibles on the Eve of Implementation

This issue brief describes how dual eligibles are treated under the Medicare drug benefit and the issues raised by their transition from Medicaid to Medicare drug coverage. The brief also explores key differences in the Medicare drug benefit compared to Medicaid drug coverage (formularies, copayments, and appeals policies) which could make the shift especially challenging for dual eligibles.

Issue Brief (.pdf)