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What are recent trends and characteristics of workers with high drug spending?

What are recent trends and characteristics of workers with high drug spending?

Prescription drug spending grew rapidly between 2014 and 2015, but increases have been more modest recently. Several studies by the federal government, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurers point to high prices for new “specialty” drugs as driving the spike, in …

A look at how the opioid crisis has affected people with employer coverage

A look at how the opioid crisis has affected people with employer coverage

With deaths from opioid overdose rising steeply in recent years, and a large segment of the population reporting knowing someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, the breadth of the opioid crisis should come as no surprise, affecting people …

What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

The cost of prescription drugs has become a hot-button issue with consumers and policymakers.  One in four people taking prescription drugs report difficulty affording their medication and recent Kaiser Family Foundation opinion polling has found bipartisan support for government action …

Examining high prescription drug spending for people with employer sponsored health insurance

Examining high prescription drug spending for people with employer sponsored health insurance

Recent surveys have found that while most people taking prescriptions are able to afford the costs, a sizable share reports having difficulty affording their medication (26% of those taking prescription drugs, or 14% of the total population). Nearly one in …

A new way of measuring health costs sheds light on recent health spending trends

A new way of measuring health costs sheds light on recent health spending trends

This brief is the result of a collaboration between the Kaiser Family Foundation and the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. Cynthia Cox is with the Kaiser Family Foundation; Abe Dunn, Lindsey Rittmueller, and Bryn Whitmire are with the Bureau