The New Medicare Drug Plan and Beneficiaries with Mental Illnesses The new Medicare drug benefit will help seniors and people with disabilities who receive Medicare benefits by providing coverage for prescription drugs. Frequently asked questions regarding the benefit, which may be of particular interest to beneficiaries with mental illnesses, are answered in this document.
Government Site Explains New Medicare Drug Benefit Under the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, seniors and people with disabilities who receive Medicare benefits will also be eligible for prescription drug coverage. This web site provides useful information regarding the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.
NAMI Position on Medicare Conference Report The new benefits for prescription drug coverage and protections for vulnerable, low-income beneficiaries (including those dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid) appear to be a major improvement over the status quo and previous congressional proposals. As a result, NAMI has sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging members to vote in favor of passage later this week.
Medicare Coverage of Mental Illness Treatment -WHERE WE STAND NAMI strongly supports congressional efforts to modernize coverage of mental illness treatment under the Medicare program - specifically to address the discriminatory aspects of programs such as the 50 percent co-payment requirement for outpatient mental illness treatment and a 190 day lifetime limit on inpatient hospitalization. NAMI supports the following bills in Congress to address these other inequities in Medicare: HR 599, S 841, S 690 and HR 1522.
Prescription Drug Coverage In Medicare - WHERE WE STAND NAMI Goals and Advocacy Strategies
Prescription-drug benefits must be enacted within the context of parity for mental illness treatment in the Medicare program. Currently, the Medicare copayment for Part B outpatient services is 20 percent. This copayment does not apply to mental illness treatment, however, which is covered at a rate of only 50 percent
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