June 30, 1999


“If we were creating Medicare today, it would be unthinkable to deny coverage for prescription drugs.”
President Bill Clinton
June 30, 1999

Today, in Chicago, President Clinton met with seniors to discuss the importance of modernizing Medicare to include benefits for prescription drugs and preventive care services. The President heard firsthand from seniors about the difficult choices and financial burdens they face when they do not have prescription drug coverage.

Medicare's Benefits Need to Be Modernized. In order for Medicare to provide high-quality health care to America's growing number of seniors, its benefits package must be updated to address the following concerns:

Adding a New Prescription Drug Benefit. The President's plan includes a voluntary Medicare drug benefit that would offer beneficiaries access to prescription drug coverage beginning in 2002. This new benefit would provide:

Improving Benefits for Preventive Services. The President's proposal would help educate older Americans on preventive health services and make those services more affordable. The plan would:

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