Medicaid Prescription Drug Use by Dual Eligibles: Issues for Medicare Part D
AbstractNew data, prepared for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, provide detailed state-by-state and national information on prescription drug cost and utilization in 2003 for Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare (â€œdual eligiblesâ€), whose drug coverage shifted from Medicaid to Medicare Part D in 2006. This brief highlights key data on drug use and spending in 2003 for dual eligibles, as well as Part D issues that these data can help to inform. Sixty-five percent of the 6.7 million dual eligibles who received drug coverage from Medicaid in 2003 were age 65 or older; the rest were under 65 and disabled. Among dual eligibles as a whole, the most costly drug group was antipsychotics, accounting for over $2.3 billion in expenditures in 2003. Ulcer drugs were the next most costly group ($1.38 billion), followed by antidepressants ($1.18 billion).
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