Prescription Drug Discount Card Programs: Implications for Medicare Beneficiaries

This testimony was delivered by Tricia Neuman, a vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Bush Administration's Proposals for Medicare Modernization. The statement, which draws upon a report prepared for the Foundation by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., provides an overview of existing prescription drug discount card programs, describes some of the features of the Administration's recently released proposal for a Medicare-endorsed discount card program, and raises some of the key issues that currently face consumers in comparing the benefits offered under the discount programs available today.