Medicare: It's Official--Part D In Desperate Need Of Revision

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 8:23 pm
2006: Volume 30, Number 28
Industry leaders seek benefit-structure adjustments to Medicare drug benefit

Part D isn`t solving all our drug coverage problems just yet, according to a recent poll.

Despite current statistics showing that many health care industry leaders believe that Part D is good for beneficiaries, even more industry leaders want to see fundamental changes in the system.

Private Plans Not Good For Everyone

Two-thirds of respondents to a recent Commonwealth Fund Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey said that Medicare Part D was good for beneficiaries, but just 30 percent said that making Medicare drug coverage available only through private plans was good for enrollees.

Approximately 36 percent believe that "the current benefit structure -- including a `coverage gap` during w[..]