WASHINGTON -- While this week's election is unlikely to have a significant impact on the Medicare drug benefit, lawmaker and consumer concern over retiree healthcare costs may force major changes before the program transitions from the current drug discount card program to a permanent program in January 2006. Officially known as the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit, it was created by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Even if the Democrats win the White House this week, that ...

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