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Assistant Professor Louanne Bakk publishes study "The Medicare Part D coverage gap: Implications for non-dually eligible older adults with a mental illness"


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Congratulations to Assistant Professor Louanne Bakk and her colleagues on the publication of their study "The Medicare Part D coverage gap: Implications for non-dually eligible older adults with a mental illness," in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Bakk, L., Woodward, A.T., & Dunkle, R.E. (2013) The Medicare Part D coverage gap: Implications for non-dually eligible older adults with a mental illness. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Abstract:
This study examines how the Medicare Part D coverage gap impacts non-dually eligible older adults with a mental illness. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 11 case managers from community-based agencies serving persons age 55 and over with a mental disorder. Five themes illustrating the central difficulties associated with the Part D gap emerged: medication affordability, beneficiary understanding, administrative barriers, Low-Income Subsidy income and asset guidelines, and medication compliance. While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gradually reduces cost sharing within the gap, findings suggest that medication access and adherence may continue to be impacted by the benefit's structure.

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