This 2021 report highlights the demographic characteristics of beneficiaries with prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D, a voluntary coverage offered by private plan sponsors. We evaluated multiple metrics with a focus on ethnicity, income, and education levels across the standalone prescription drug plan (PDP) and Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MAPD) plan populations. Our analysis shows that:
Approximately one in three Part D beneficiaries are full subsidy
Almost half reported being married
Approximately 80% have at least a high school education
More than seven out of 10 are non-Hispanic white
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A demographic profile of Medicare Part D beneficiaries
Understanding beneficiary characteristics helps key entities in the Part D program provide services that maximize value for the populations they serve.