State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs: Lessons for Design of a National Benefit, Phase Two


The first phase of this study revealed that state pharmacy programs provide some elderly Medicare beneficiaries with limited access to affordable prescription drugs. Budget pressures, however, may compel states to contract their eligibility and benefits, leaving beneficiaries more vulnerable to high out-of-pocket expenses for medications. In the second phase, project staff will track the evolution of state pharmacy programs and analyze emerging approaches for providing affordable prescription drugs, such as discount programs and state purchasing cooperatives. Findings from this work will impart valuable lessons relevant to the design of a future Medicare drug benefit.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Rutgers University
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Crystal, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 9, 2002

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