50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #27:
Create a publicly-administered Part D benefit

The Medicare prescription drug program is operated solely by private health plans. Adding a public drug benefit to the Part D program would diminish confusion among beneficiaries who now must navigate a complicated maze of private health plans and year-to-year formulary changes. In addition to enhancing beneficiary choice, a Medicare-administered plan also has the potential to create federal savings through simplified administrative processes. Congress should create a publicly-administered Part D benefit.