50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #40:
Create Medicare Part E—a public supplement to Original Medicare with Part D benefits and a catastrophic cap

Medicare beneficiaries who opt for the flexibility and simplicity of Original Medicare should be protected from catastrophic costs by an out-of-pocket maximum and should benefit from an integrated Part D benefit. Congress should introduce a public supplement to Medicare—Part Extra or Part E—that wraps together all Medicare benefits, including hospital, outpatient, and prescription drug coverage. Paid for through beneficiary premiums, this benefit would create another choice along with existing private options, including Medicare Advantage and Part D.