President Bush signed the Medicare Prescription Drug,
Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 in December
following a divided and mostly partisan vote in the House of
Representatives (220-215) and the Senate (55-44). The new
Medicare act offers drug coverage to all Medicare beneficiaries
who choose to enroll, helps low-income seniors with costs
associated with the benefit, and encourages greater participation
by private insurance companies. Even as it makes these
contributions, however, the new Medicare legislation also
presents new challenges for the country and the Upper
Midwest where two million beneficiaries live.
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN
Policy Brief: Medicare. The Winners and Losers in the New Medicare Sweepstakes.
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