Experience of State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs: Lessons for Design of a National Benefit


One of the central challenges in creating a prescription drug benefit for elderly Americans is the practical difficulty of designing one that is meaningful yet affordable for all Medicare beneficiaries. To inform efforts now under way to provide beneficiaries with drug coverage, this project will examine state pharmaceutical assistance programs currently in place for low-income elderly residents not eligible for Medicaid. The Rutgers University team will select six states for the study, which will focus on such characteristics as program design, participation rates, and access to prescription medicines. Project results will provide policymakers and researchers with valuable lessons about which program elements work and which do not-and help them shape national policy regarding a crucial component of seniors' health care

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Rutgers University
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Crystal, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 12, 2000

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