TITLE

Benefits and Consequences for the Poor and the Disabled

AUTHOR(S)
Elliott, Rachel A.; Majumdar, Sumit R.; Gillick, Muriel R.; Soumerai, Stephen B.
PUB. DATE
December 2005
SOURCE
New England Journal of Medicine;12/29/2005, Vol. 353 Issue 26, p2739
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the benefits and consequences of the Medicare prescription drug benefit program for the poor and disabled in the United States. Patients enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare may be made worse off by the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. Beneficiaries of both programs may have problems making the transition to the new benefit system. These patients are poorer and sicker than other Medicare patients, have a higher rate of mental illness, are less educated, and are more likely to live in a nursing home. There will be a reduced coverage for a number of effective drugs, such as benzodiazepines.
ACCESSION #
24934157

 

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