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A Winning Strategy for Medicare Savings: Better Prices on Prescription Drugs

July 2014

With Medicare a target for federal savings, lawmakers propose many ways to cut costs. Unfortunately, many of these strategies involve slashing benefits or shifting costs to seniors and people with disabilities. Often overlooked in this debate is that the federal government can secure significant Medicare savings without worsening the already fragile health and economic wellbeing of most Medicare beneficiaries—most notably by reducing the cost of prescription drugs. There are several viable ways to do so. Paying less for prescription medicines is a winning strategy for the federal government, for American taxpayers, and for Medicare beneficiaries.