Briefs & Reports

The Medi-Cal Prescription Drug Benefit: An Overview

California Healthcare Foundation

Lisa S. Maiuro, PhD

Medi-Cal’s pharmacy benefit is the most frequently used Medi-Cal benefit and is the fastest growing portion of the Medi-Cal budget. It is also of critical importance to elderly Medi-Cal beneficiaries. This analysis summarizes the benefit, its costs and financing, who uses it, and key policy implications.