A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Prescription Drug Coverage Provisions of S.1 and H.R. 1

This document, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., provides a detailed side-by-side comparison of the prescription drug provisions of the House and Senate Medicare proposals, as passed on June 27, 2003. Along with these provisions, the side-by-side compares the major provisions relating to the role of private health plans in Medicare. This document includes a more in-depth description of the bills, which were previously summarized in publication #6095, which is also available on the Foundation?s website. We will continue to update this side-by-side to reflect the Conference Agreement.

A one-page summary of the bills is also provided.