Unfortunately, some have proposed harmful changes to this important Medicare Part D
program that would hurt the most vulnerable beneficiaries and jeopardize their access to needed medicines.
Actually, Medicare Part D
, which provides coverage for prescription drugs, operates on a very similar basis – private insurers receive government subsidies to provide various drug plans, and seniors select among the options that are available, paying more for greater coverage," Kaplan said.
Lundgren's main responsibilities included connecting with county offices interested in expanding their Medicare Part D
education programs, and then creating brochures based to help educate seniors about the benefit.
Two agencies are merging to form what they call a one-stop shopping area for state residents looking for information on the federal prescription drug program, Medicare Part D
Medicare part D
is also affecting long-term industry sales.
Although most of the attention surrounding Medicare Part D
has focused on states' efforts to help low-income seniors make the transition to new drug coverage options, Part D has raised another issue for states.
Medicare beneficiaries with end stage renal disease (ESRD) are a high-risk group for increased medication costs related to a gap in coverage-the so-called "doughnut hole," or lack of prescription drug benefits between $2,251 and $5,100 in medication expenses-in the Medicare Part D
prescription drug benefit, according to a new study in the September Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Even die-hard patient advocates, such as Andrew Sperling, legislative director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), say that Medicare Part D
, for the most part, has overcome a rocky start.
Beginning January 2006, for the first time, all beneficiaries will have access to outpatient prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D
A resident and family handout with information about Medicare Part D
also is included (page 72); providers are invited to photocopy and distribute it to residents and their families.
Just about every day I read about problems with Medicare Part D
(and that's no exaggeration).
9 billion on prescription drugs in the Medicare Part D
donut hole since the law was enacted.