A 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.
Learn more about Medicare Part D at PhRMA.org/PartD.
Allyson Funk Ally is a former senior director of public affairs at PhRMA focused on advocacy issues for the biopharmaceutical industry. Her expertise includes Medicare, Medicaid, 340B, health reform and more. Prior to PhRMA, her experience included leading health communications for a large membership organization, supporting public affairs clients and working for the governor of Louisiana.