Issue Brief

No. 817

The Nuts and Bolts of PDPs
November 8, 2006

Author

Mary Ellen Stahlman

Summary

This issue brief provides an overview of Medicare prescription drug plans (PDPs), with a focus on fundamentals such as enrollment, premiums, formularies, cost sharing, prices, payment, cost management, and appeals and grievance processes. It also highlights major changes to the PDP landscape between 2006 and 2007.

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