Amid heightened public concern, the cost of prescription drugs is the focus of renewed attention by the Trump administration and lawmakers in Congress and state capitals. Proposed actions range from sweeping health care system changes to targeted initiatives that could affect Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. 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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KFF Health Tracking Poll – October 2019: Health Care In The Democratic Debates, Congress, And The Courts
This poll examines health care issues in the Democratic presidential primary , government negotiation of prescription drug prices, party trust on health care, Medicare-for-all, and the pending Texas v. US lawsuit affecting the Affordable Care Act and pre-existing condition protections.
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This quick primer explains the similarities and differences among major Medicare prescription drug proposals introduced by House Democrats, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Trump Administration. Updated October 2019.
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This issue brief, prepared as part of the National ADAP Monitoring Project, examines how ADAPs purchase and dispense drugs, and the drug discount programs that assist states in containing ADAP costs. For more information on the series see the National ADAP Monitoring Project page. Issue BriefIssue Brief Read More
Testimony by Patricia Neuman, Sc.D., vice president and director of the Foundation’s Medicare Policy Project, for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing on Creating a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: begins with a brief review of existing sources of prescription drug coverage for the Medicare population…Event Read More
2001 Retiree Health and Prescription Drug Coverage SurveyThis survey, released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, and HRET, profiles retiree health coverage for Medicare-age (65+) retirees, including the amount retirees pay for coverage compared to active workers, cost-sharing for prescription drugs, and eligibility requirements for retiree benefits. The…Report Read More
Health News Index March/April, 2002 The March/April edition of the Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health Health News Index includes questions about major health stories covered in the news, including the recent coverage of mammogram efficacy, the Institute of Medicine report on racial disparities in the health care system,…Poll Finding Read More
This report, the sixth in an annual series, provides an overview of the status of state-administered AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) and documents how these programs are responding to the changing fiscal, clinical and epidemiological dynamics of HIV/AIDS. ADAPs, authorized under Title II of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources…Report Read More
This study examines Medicaid pharmacy benefit use and spending among beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid in 10 states by analyzing 1995 enrollment and claims data from a new 12-state database. The study finds that dual-eligibles are relatively high users of the Medicaid pharmacy benefit, with substantial variation in…Report Read More
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…Report Read More
The President's Fiscal Year 2003 Budget: An Overview of Health ProgramsA new chartbook describes the government's overall budget situation and examines the health policies and programs proposed in the President's latest budget.Chartbook View a webcast of A Capitol Hill briefing on budgets and health careReport Read More
As policymakers consider a range of approaches to providing prescription drug coverage to the Medicare population in today s tight budgetary environment, one proposal that has been put forth by the Bush Administration is that of a Medicare-endorsed prescription drug discount card program. This report describes the range of existing…Report Read More
Health News Index January/February, 2002 The January/February 2002 edition of the Kaiser Family Foundation/ Harvard School of Public Health Health News Index includes questions about major health stories covered in the news, including the public s knowledge of the ongoing anthrax investigation and prescription drug discount cards. The Health News…Poll Finding Read More