50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #49:
Restore Medicare prescription drug rebates

When the Medicare Part D drug benefit was created, the federal government lost important discounts from pharmaceutical makers for prescription drugs made available for low-income beneficiaries. At a minimum, Congress should restore these discounts—lowering drug prices, preserving beneficiary access to needed medications, and saving over $120 billion in the Medicare program over 10 years. Even better, Congress should pass legislation securing discounts on prescription drugs provided to all Medicare beneficiaries.