Are Part D Plans Meeting the Needs of Rural Medicare Beneficiaries?

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Project Lead: Ira Moscovice

It is unclear how variation in the number and types of Part D plans in rural versus urban areas has affected prescription coverage. The purpose of this project is to assess whether the Medicare Part D prescription drug plans available in rural counties are sufficient to meet the needs of rural Medicare beneficiaries, and to identify what changes would help the Part D program better address the needs of rural beneficiaries. Descriptive and multivariate statistics will be used to analyze the plans available to Medicare beneficiaries by level of rurality; differences in enrollment rates by regions and levels of rurality; beneficiaries enrollment decisions; and differences in satisfaction with prescription drug plans and pharmacy access.

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