State Pharmacy Assistance Programs vs. Medicare Prescription Drug Plans: How Do They Contain Rising Costs?

Goodell, S., Hoadley, J., O'Brien, E., and Williams, C.

This policy brief is one in a series based on a study examining the implementation and operational issues of State Pharmacy Assistance Programs (SPAPs). SPAPs exist in 22 states to provide assistance to residents to purchase prescription drugs. Most programs are aimed at the elderly who lack other prescription drug coverage and many are limited to persons with low or moderate income.