Medical Marijuana Laws Affect Medicare Part D Spending

Implementation of medical marijuana laws linked to reductions in Medicare program, enrollee spending

Implementation of medical marijuana laws linked to reductions in Medicare program, enrollee spending

FRIDAY, July 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Legalization of medical marijuana and its associated availability have affected prescribing patterns and spending in Medicare Part D, according to a study published online July 6 inHealth Affairs.

Ashley C. Bradford, and W. David Bradford, Ph.D., both from the University of Georgia in Atlanta, used data on all prescriptions filled by Medicare Part D enrollees from 2010 to 2013 to examine whether medical marijuana is being used clinically to any significant degree.

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