Resources: on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

Resources on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit


The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) established a voluntary outpatient prescription drug benefit for people on Medicare, known as Part D, that went into effect January 1, 2006.

Compiled below are key Foundation resources and data on the Medicare drug benefit. A complete list of Foundation reports on the drug benefit and other Medicare-related research, data, and information are available at

Medicare Part D Data Spotlights

A series of briefs analyzing key elements of Medicare’s private drug plans currently available and trends since the Medicare drug benefit took effect in 2006.

Part D Plan Benefit Design, Formularies and Beneficiary Spending
A series of reports and briefs related to the Medicare drug benefit design and associated costs.

Medicare Advantage

A series of reports and briefs related to private Medicare plans, known as Medicare Advantage plans, and the Medicare drug benefit.

Part D Enrollment and Beneficiary Experiences
Reports and briefs examining enrollment in and experiences with the Medicare drug benefit.

Medicaid, Dual Eligibles, and Low-Income Beneficiaries
A collection of reports and briefs related to beneficiaries enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, known as “dual eligibles,” and those with limited incomes.

Employer/Retiree Coverage
A series of reports related to retiree health benefits.

MMA Law, Regulations, and Analyses
A series of summaries and analyses of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA).

Public Opinion
A series of polls, surveys, and interviews related to the Medicare drug benefit.


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