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GWIPP Research: Kimberly Morgan

This page features research funded through GWIPP and performed by Kimberly Morgan.

The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003: Ideologies, Interests, and Policy Feedbacks in the Contemporary Politics of Medicare
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigators’ Award
Start Date
June 2006

On December 8, 2003, President Bush signed into law the largest Medicare expansion in the history of the program, creating a new prescription drug benefit and enacting other important changes to the program.  Why did Congress enact this reform and what are its consequences for both beneficiaries and the politics of health care and old-age entitlements?  This project addresses these questions through a multi-method study of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act.  One part of our study analyzes the relative importance of organized interests, ideologies, and public opinion in shaping the development and passage of the law.  Another component examines the impact of the 2003 reform on Medicare beneficiaries, using a panel survey of senior citizens that was conducted both before and after implementation of the new drug benefit.  A third element traces the effects of the law on public opinion and political behavior, the landscape of organized interests in health care, and the development of administrative capacities in the area of pharmaceutical regulation.  The research will culminate in a book and a series of articles on the origins, passage, and impact of the legislation.