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Failing America's Seniors: Private Health Plans Provide Inadequate Rx Drug Coverage.

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Publication Date: May 2002

Publisher(s): Families USA

Author(s): Amanda McCloskey

Topic: Health (Health services for older people)

Type: Report


The U.S. House of Representatives will soon consider legislation to provide prescription drug coverage for America's seniors. The proposal that will be considered, developed by Ways and Means Committee Chairman William Thomas (R-CA), relies on private health insurance companies to provide drug coverage--and to bear the financial risk entailed. Insurance companies would be expected to offer "drug-only" insurance policies that cover no other health services.