Prescription Drug Coverage and Spending for Medicare Beneficiaries

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From: Health Care Financing Review(Vol. 20, Issue 3)
Publisher: Superintendent of Documents
Document Type: Article
Length: 5,047 words

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Outpatient prescription drug coverage is not a Medicare covered benefit. Debate continues in Congress and elsewhere on modernizing the Medicare benefit package, including proposals that would help the Nation's seniors pay for prescription drugs. Very little is known about which persons within the Medicare population have drug coverage from other sources. Using 1995 data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), the authors present information on who has coverage by various sociodemographic categories. The data indicate higher-than-average levels of coverage for minority persons, beneficiaries eligible for Medicare because of disability, and those with higher incomes.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A55467699