For nearly 60 years, Medicare has helped pay for medical care for Americans over the age of 65, as well as younger Americans with certain medical needs. Medicare has many different programs, but medicines are covered by two of them—Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D. Part D provides coverage for medicines at retail or mail order pharmacies. Part B covers medications administered by a physician, like injected or infused chemotherapy medications, in locations such as hospital outpatient departments, physician offices, patients’ homes and dialysis centers.
For over 10 years, Medicare Parts B and D have been providing access to lifesaving treatments. And while there are many ways Medicare works well, today seniors and people with disabilities are increasingly facing higher out-of-pocket costs for the medicines they need. We must modernize Medicare to make it work even better for seniors and people with disabilities. Read more about our commonsense, patient-centered reforms here.