Medicare Part D – Coalition Activities

Coalition Joins National Lawsuit

The Coalition Joins National Lawsuit to Protect Poorest Americans from "Calamitous Consequences" of New Medicare Drug Program

November 14, 2005

The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, the umbrella advocacy group for New York City's community mental health sector, joined 7 other agencies in filing a suit today in Federal Court to ensure that impoverished older and disabled adults maintain access to life-sustaining medication during the transition to the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan in January 2006.

Judge Rules that Court Lacks Power to Protect Drug Access for 6.2 Million Impoverished People with Medicare

December 30, 2005

A federal district judge in Manhattan ruled this afternoon that federal courts lack the power to order the continuation of existing drug benefits to people with Medicare who are losing Medicaid drug coverage this weekend. The decision says that people denied medicine must contest that denial, individual by individual, before the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services prior to seeking court protection. (We filed an appeal January 3, 2006.)