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Medicare Part D Coverage Gap: Who Falls In and What Beneficiaries Do to Avoid Entry


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Medicare Part D Coverage Gap: Who Falls In and What Beneficiaries Do to Avoid Entry

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dc.contributor.author Callan, Danelle
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-03T15:01:26Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-03T15:01:26Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-03
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20313
dc.description.abstract In 2006, the implementation of Medicare Part D offered seniors the benefit of government subsidized prescription drug coverage. The baby boomer generation is expected to retire at a rate of 10,000 per day for the next nineteen years. Research into health care and prescription drug coverage for this aging population is becoming relevant due to a increasing proportion of the population. Understanding the characteristics of individuals who reach the Medicare Part D coverage gap will assist in possible outreach, education, and future enrollment strategies. Identifying populations at risk of reaching the coverage gap can help focus interventions to address issues of access to medication among seniors. This research project considers the previous literature published on beneficiaries who reached the aforementioned coverage gap where beneficiaries pay one hundred percent of prescription costs and applies it to a larger, more comprehensive data set. First, I identify characteristics of Part D individuals that influence the outcome of reaching the coverage gap. Then, I assess the effect a coverage gap has on drug adherence by analyzing out of pocket expenditures. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Medicare Part D en_US
dc.subject Economics en_US
dc.subject Health Economics en_US
dc.subject Prescription drug coverage
dc.subject Doughnut hole
dc.subject.lcsh Medicare--Economic aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Drugs--Economic aspects--United States
dc.subject.lcsh Health insurance--United States--Costs
dc.title Medicare Part D Coverage Gap: Who Falls In and What Beneficiaries Do to Avoid Entry en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Economics en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Economics en_US
dc.description.advisor Blume-Kohout, Margaret
dc.description.advisor Moffett, Maurice
dc.description.committee-member Fontenla, Matias
dc.description.committee-member Moffett, Maurice
dc.description.committee-member Blume-Kohout, Margaret

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