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Medicare Part D’s Lessons for the New Marketplaces

Medicare Part D’s Lessons for the New Marketplaces

This June 2013 brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes the lessons learned from the implementation of the Medicare Part D program as they apply to the expansion of coverage via the new health insurance exchanges and Medicaid. The mistakes and the overall success of Part D can help inform officials, policy-makers, and advocates preparing for the launch of exchanges in October 2013, who face considerable challenges, not the least of which are constrained resources to support implementation and a highly polarized political atmosphere.