Medicare Monday: Drug coverage before and after Medicare Part D

Allyson Funk   |     January 25, 2016   |   SHARE THIS

MedMon_Catalyst_Banner-4.jpgA couple of weeks ago, we talked about the success of the Medicare prescription drug program 10 years after its implementation, and over the coming weeks, we’ll continue to look at coverage before and after the program.

One example is how the implementation of Part D expanded coverage to millions of seniors who previously didn’t have access to comprehensive drug coverage. As a result of Medicare Part D, 9 in 10 Medicare beneficiaries have comprehensive drug coverage compared to fewer than 6 in 10 before Part D was implemented.


Without access to comprehensive coverage, many seniors faced challenges managing chronic conditions and avoiding complications. Today, nearly 40 million seniors and people living with disabilities benefit from the Part D program and numerous surveys have found 90 percent or more are satisfied with their coverage.

tn_MedMon.jpgLearn more about Medicare Part D at PhRMA.org/PartD.

Allyson Funk

Allyson Funk Ally is the former senior director of public affairs at PhRMA focusing on advocacy issues for the biopharmaceutical industry. Her expertise includes Medicare, Medicaid, 340B, health reform and more. Prior to PhRMA, her experience includes leading health communications for a large membership organization, supporting public affairs clients and working for the governor of Louisiana. Ally enjoys travel, trying new restaurants and spending time with her rescue Pomeranian. In the fall, she and her husband are almost always wearing Saints gear.

Topics: Part D, Medicare, Medicare Monday

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