Study: Drug plans vary from state to state

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Medicare Part D drug plans are inconsistent across state lines, according to a new study from the Commonwealth Fund.

Differences are apparent in the types of medications that are covered, drug access and prior authorization requirements, according to the authors of "Assessing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in Four States: Balancing Cost and Access."

The study, which evaluated plans in the four states with the largest Medicare populations -- California, Florida, New York and Texas -- also revealed that plans that charge lower premiums tend to have more restrictive formularies and no coverage in the so-called doughnut hole when compared to plans with higher premiums.

A brief of the study is published at