Prescription drug benefits under Part D of the Medicare Modernization Act--the genie's out of the bottle

Issue Brief Cent Medicare Educ. 2005;5(10):1-10.


With the passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 came the creation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, which takes effect in January 2006. In this brief, we discuss the new Part D benefit, including who is eligible, the basic benefit, benefits for low-income individuals and coordination with other prescription drug coverage.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Support Techniques
  • Drug Costs
  • Drug Prescriptions / economics
  • Eligibility Determination
  • Formularies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Institutionalization
  • Insurance Benefits / economics*
  • Insurance, Pharmaceutical Services*
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare / organization & administration*
  • Poverty
  • State Government
  • United States