Statement by
Michael O. Leavitt
Department of Health and Human Services

Implementation of Medicare Drug Benefit

House Committee on Ways and Means

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Good morning, Chairman Thomas, Congressman Rangel, and members of the Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to testify before your committee today to discuss the success of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. I submit for the record the Secretary’s Progress Report IV on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.

This report, which is the subject of my testimony today, is the most recent of four reports submitted to Congress to chart the progress and the success of the Medicare Part D benefit. This particular report illustrates the latest enrollment numbers, average savings for seniors, the scope of outreach efforts, lessons learned, as well as a look at the future.

Again, I thank the Chairman and the Committee for the opportunity to testify on this important issue and am happy to answer questions.

Last Revised: June 27, 2006