Amid heightened public concern, the cost of prescription drugs is a focus of attention by the Biden administration and lawmakers in Congress and state capitals. Proposed actions range from allowing Medicare to negotiate the prices of certain drugs to limiting some drug price increases to inflation and capping out of pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries in Part D, among other initiatives. See KFF’s research, analysis and public opinion data, as well as Kaiser Health News’ journalism, related to prescription drugs and their costs.

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Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Progress Report: Findings From A 2006 National Survey of Seniors

The share of seniors without drug coverage dropped significantly under Medicare’s new drug benefit, according to this August 2007 Health Affairs Web Exclusive article based on a Kaiser Family Foundation, Commonwealth Fund and Tufts-New England Medical Center survey of more than 16,000 seniors. Seniors with drug coverage from any source…

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Medicare and Prescription Drugs, Fact Sheet

This fact sheet, updated in April 2003, profiles current sources of prescription drug coverage among the Medicare population, describes the characteristics of beneficiaries who lack drug coverage and the implications of being without such coverage, and provides current data on prescription drug use and spending. Fact Sheet (.pdf)

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Medicare Prescription Drugs and Low-Income Beneficiaries – Presentation

Summary of Low-Income Subsidy Program in Final Medicare BillThis presentation summarizes the dual eligible population, the low-income provisions of the new Medicare drug benefit and discusses the impact on state Medicaid programs.Presentation Slides (.pdf)

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One State’s Medicaid Managed Care Formulary Operations:  A Look at Pennsylvania, 2001-2002

One State’s Medicaid Managed Care Formulary Operations: A Look at Pennsylvania, 2001-2002 This report examines formulary implementation under mandatory Medicaid managed care in Pennsylvania between 2001 and 2002. It looks at one state during a yearlong period; formulary operations are likely to vary across states and programs and over time.…

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Study Finds Advertising By Insurers Favors Medicare Advantage Over Stand-Alone Drug Plans

As the marketing period for 2009 Medicare plans nears, the Kaiser Family Foundation Kaiser Family Foundation issued a report analyzing the content and frequency of television, print and radio advertisement for private Medicare plans that ran nationally or in one of three local media markets (Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Phoenix, Ariz.;…

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Medicare Part D 2010 Data Spotlights

The Kaiser Family Foundation has issued a collection of analyses related to the Part D Medicare stand-alone drug plan options available to seniors for calendar year 2010. Each of these spotlights focuses on a key aspect of the drug plans that will be available to Medicare beneficiaries in 2010 and…

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Prescription Drug Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Summary of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003

This document, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., provides a detailed summary of the prescription drug provisions of the Medicare legislation (P.L. 108-173) signed by the President on December 8, 2003.Report (.pdf)

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Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Availability in 2013

This fact sheet contains 2013 state-specific summary data about available Medicare drug benefit options, including premium ranges and the number of plans available at no cost to qualifying beneficiaries. Fact Sheet (.pdf)

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Kaiser Health Poll Report Survey: Seniors’ Early Experiences with the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

Kaiser Health Poll Report Survey: Seniors’ Early Experiences with the Medicare Prescription Drug BenefitThis April 2006 tracking poll finds that most seniors enrolled in a Medicare drug plan are satisfied with their plan and are not having trouble getting the drugs they need. Most seniors enrolled in plans reported filling…

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Chartpack: Seniors’ Early Experiences with the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

Chartpack: Seniors’ Early Experiences with the Medicare Prescription Drug BenefitThese charts highlight key data from the April 2006 tracking poll on seniors’ early experiences with the new Medicare drug benefit.Chartpack (.pdf)

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