Health Care Management Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

5-2011

Publication Source

American Economic Review

Volume

101

Issue

3

Start Page

387

Last Page

392

DOI

10.1257/aer.101.3.387

Abstract

Medicare Part D began coverage of prescription drugs in 2006. Using data from the first year of the program we found that Part D reduced pharmaceutical prices for Medicare recipients, with these effects driven by enrollees previously without drug coverage. In this paper we extend our analysis through 2009, the fourth year of the program, to investigate whether plans continued to extract price concessions in return for favorable formulary placement, or if consumer inertia or other factors caused prices to bounce back after their initial decline. We find price declines persisted through at least the third year of the program.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.