The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003: Health Care Changes

On December 8, 2003, President Bush signed into law the most far-reaching expansion of health care coverage since the Medicare and Medicaid programs were created. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 adds prescription drug coverage for the nation’s 40 million seniors and disabled individuals enrolled in Medicare. The law also contains a host of provisions that will have an enormous impact on state health care programs as well as state budgets.

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Trudi Matthews is the associate director for health policy for The Council of State Governments. She is responsible for staffing CSG’s national Health Capacity Task Force and Emerging Health Trends Subcommittee, as well as writing, researching and planning meetings on a wide variety of health policy issues.