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Medicare Payments and Beneficiary Costs for Prescription Drug Coverage

This March 2007 issue brief, commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation, provides a basic introduction to the reimbursement system for private Medicare drug plans. It explains the system of plan bidding and payment, including the special provisions for low-income enrollees, and considers how aspects of the payment system may affect the total cost of the drug benefit over time, the cost of coverage for beneficiaries and the variety and quality of available plans. Mark Merlis authored the paper.

Issue Brief (.pdf)