Policy Documents

Prescription Drugs and Medicare Reform

John Goodman and Sean Tuffnell –
March 16, 2000

In this article, authors John Goodman and Sean Tuffnell discuss the need to reform Medicare and prescription drug costs the majority of our seniors face on a monthly basis.  They write;

We cannot solve the problem of prescription drug coverage for the elderly without addressing the structural problems of Medicare.  Structural reform can be accomplished by building on the Medicare+Choice program that is already in place.  The Milliman & Robertson study shows that seniors could use the combined funds from Medicsre and supplemental insurance to enroll in comprehensive private health plans to obtain better insurance, including prescription drug coverage, with less out-of-pocket cost.