Forum Session

The Medicare PDP Market: Build It and the Plans Will Come
November 17, 2006


Mary Ellen Stahlman


Medicare’s second annual beneficiary enrollment period for prescription drug plans (PDPs) started on November 15, 2006. This Forum session examined 2007 plan offerings and how they differ from 2006 offerings. The speakers explored the business strategies of PDPs and the factors that may shape this market in the years to come. The use of formularies and cost management tools by these plans was explored. Efforts to reach and enroll low-income beneficiaries in Medicare Part D was a specific focus.


Abby L. Block, Director, Center for Beneficiary Choices, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; John M. Bertko, Vice President and Chief Actuary, Humana, Inc.; Jack Hoadley, PhD, Research Professor, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University; Marisa Scala-Foley, Associate Director, Access to Benefits Coalition, National Council on Aging

Slides from the presentations by Ms. Block, Mr. Bertko, Mr. Hoadley and Ms. Scala-Foley are available for download.

Related Materials

For more information, see two related NHPF issue briefs by Mary Ellen Stahlman: "A Closer Look at the Medicare Low-Income Benchmark Premium: How Low Can It Go?" (Issue Brief No. 813, August 2, 2006) and "The Nuts and Bolts of PDPs," (Issue Brief No. 817, November 8, 2006).

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