Laying the cornerstone for Medicare Part D

Wyeth, Jo; Kozak, Deborah
August 2005
Drug Topics;8/22/2005, Vol. 149 Issue 16, p37
Trade Publication
This article provides information on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit which is part of the Medicare Drug Improvement & Modernization Act of 2003 and the most comprehensive enhancement of the Medicare Program since it was created in 1965. The drug benefit offers affordable prescription drug coverage for all Medicare beneficiaries and has the potential to enhance the role of pharmacists as essential healthcare providers. Medicare is often referred to by parts, which refer to the laws that authorized aspects of the Medicare program. There are also eligibility requirements to be able to participate in a Part D plan. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that 90 percent of eligible beneficiaries will participate in Part D in 2006.


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