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Medicare Part D Drug Benefit: Five Years Later—Is It Working?

Five years ago, in 2006, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) implemented the Medicare Part D program, which had become law in 2003. The 2006 implementation opened a heated debate, both on the merits of the original legislation as well as its implementation. There were wildly divergent projections on the program’s overall cost and potential savings to seniors.

In response, the Bush White House and then-HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt engineered a major effort designed at countering numerous concerns, most importantly, would beneficiaries enroll? How would beneficiaries manage the process of assessing which plan best served their needs?

Five years into Part D’s implementation, we have some answers to these questions. Today, as the U.S. government is in the midst of implementing a new, even more controversial health care law—and the nation faces growing fiscal constraints—the Part D program merits re-examination.

Further Reading

Medicare Part D Drug Benefit, edited by Tevi Troy and Hanns Kuttner (Hudson Institute, December 2011)

Tevi Troy, Introductory Remarks

Hudson Senior Fellow

Hanns Kuttner, Moderator

Hudson Visiting Fellow

Michael Leavitt, Keynote Speaker

Chairman of Leavitt Partners, former Governer of Utah and Secretary of HHS

Doug Badger, Panelist

Partner, The Nickles Group

Mary Grealy, Panelist

President, Healthcare Leadership Council

James Capretta, Panelist

Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Jack Hoadley, Panelist

Research Professor, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

Hudson Experts

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