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An Implementation Perspective on Part D, the Medicare Prescription Drug Program

This focus group of 12 state Medicaid officials conducted in November 2005 explores the current status and likely results of the Part D dual eligible transition efforts as well as other Part D-related issues of particular importance to states. It includes discussion of the transition of dual eligibles from Medicaid to Medicare drug coverage, evaluating Part D plan options, states’ role in the low-income subsidy program, the fiscal implications of Part D to states, and the longer term policy implications at both the state and federal levels of the Part D implementation.

Report (.pdf)

Executive Summary (.pdf)

January 2005 Focus Group Report