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Designing a Medicare Drug Benefit: Whose Needs Will Be Met?

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Which Medicare beneficiaries need prescription drug coverage the most? Whose needs are greatest? The answers, of course, depend on how one defines "need." As this policy brief shows, if poverty income alone is used to determine need, only a minority of Medicare beneficiaries would qualify for prescription drug coverage.

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Publication Date: December 1, 2000
Author: Becky Briesacher, Bruce Stuart, Dennis Shea
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Designing a Medicare Drug Benefit: Whose Needs Will Be Met?, Bruce Stuart, Becky Briesacher, and Dennis Shea, The Commonwealth Fund, December 2000

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