Happy Holidays, Part D readers, and thank you for following along this year as we explored the impact of Medicare Part D and the important role the program plays for seniors and those with disabilities.
As we near the close of 2020 and look forward to a fresh New Year, we wanted to revisit some highlights from the series. Here is a Part D reading list for you to close out the year:
- Medicare’s 55th anniversary: Celebrating the success of Part D
Key takeaway: Part D provides affordable prescription drug coverage to seniors and people living with disabilities.
- How Part D supports patients
Key takeaway: Part D has helped tens of millions of beneficiaries manage a number of chronic and life-threating conditions, including HIV, mental illness, cancer and epilepsy.
- Supporting access to vaccines for Part D beneficiaries
Key takeaway: Part D covers medically necessary, commercially available vaccines not covered under Part B and, since 2012, CMS has encouraged Part D plans to offer either $0 or low-cost sharing.
- National Medicare Education Week: History of Medicare Part D
Key takeaway: A quick look back at the history of Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, with origins from the original Medicare program signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.
- Three reasons why repealing non-interference is a bad idea
Key takeaway: The current structure of negotiations in Medicare has helped to keep costs down and ensure that seniors can access the medicines they need.
- How does Medicare Part D impact you?
Key takeaway: From beneficiaries to caregivers to American taxpayers, Medicare Part D impacts each of us by providing comprehensive prescription drug coverage, leading to better health outcomes and savings for all.
To stay up to date on Part D in 2021 and beyond, make sure to visit our Part D homepage.
Tom Wilbur is Director of Public Affairs at PhRMA focusing on federal advocacy priorities including Medicare and intellectual property. Prior to joining PhRMA, Tom worked in politics and on Capitol Hill, most recently responsible for communications and strategy for U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Tom is a proud Michigander and outside of the office enjoys reading, running, hiking, golfing, live music, and spending time with family and friends.