Medicare Part D
On January 1, 2006 a new voluntary Medicare prescription drug program, referred to as Medicare Part D, went into effect for all Medicare eligible consumers.
Consumers who were eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) lost their Medicaid prescription coverage on December 31, 2005. The only way (i.e. not voluntarily) dual eligibles could continue to receive prescription drugs was through Medicare part D .
Some Medicare Part D eligible consumers were also eligible for a federal Low Income Subsidy (LIS) which eliminates premiums and deductibles. Dual eligibles were automatically enrolled in both the LIS and Medicare Part D programs.
In 2005 the Coalition created a Provider Guide to the Medicare D Part Prescription Drug benefit which was intended to educate community mental health providers about the many issues Medicare consumers may face when they enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. This Guide was updated for the 2006/07 plan years. The Coalition's Provider Guide to the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (PDF) »
The frequently updated resource list below contains links to additional information. For a complete list of resources, visit the Medicare Part D Resources page.
An outline, updated for the 2010 Part D enrollment period covers the basic design of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, the Extra Help subsidy for low income beneficiaries, how Part D works with other types of drug coverage including EPIC and Medicaid , and how to get Extra Help by using the Medicare Savings Program. It describe the Part D program and how it works in New York -- how it works with New York Medicaid, EPIC, ADAP , and other programs.
This Appendix contains charts, forms, and plan lists referenced in the outline described above.
Extra Help From the Social Security Administration
Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be on Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.
New York Health Access
This site is the product of the work of a group of legal services attorneys and paralegals who work in the field of health and public benefits law in New York state.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Medicare Part D Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Plans - New York Only
Medicare Rights Center
Medicare Interactive, which explains when people may enroll in a Medicare private plan and/or the Medicare prescription drug benefit, as well as when they can change or drop coverage.:
New England Journal of Medicine - July 23, 2009
Medicare & You Handbook
Eligibility, Enrollment and Disenrollment Guidance
CMS enrollment and disenrollment guidance for current and future contracting Part D plan sponsors and other parties interested in the operational and regulatory aspects of Part D plan enrollment and disenrollment. .
Medicare Prescription Plan finder
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