How Many Medicare Part D Enrollees Had High Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs in 2017?

(By Juliette Cubanski, Tricia Neuman, And Anthony Damcio for Kaiser Family Foundation)

The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit has helped improve the affordability of medications for people with Medicare. Yet Part D enrollees can face relatively high out-of-pocket costs because the Part D benefit does not have a hard cap on out-of-pocket spending. For drug costs above the catastrophic threshold, enrollees are required to pay up to 5 percent of their total drug costs, unless they receive low-income subsidies (LIS) that help pay Part D premiums and cost sharing.  Continue reading report here…

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