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Medicare Drug Benefit Update: 2008 Plan Year Begins on January 1st

Medicare Drug Benefit Update: 2008 Plan Year Begins on January 1st

December 29, 2007

January 1st marks the start of the new plan year for the Medicare Part D drug benefit for 2008. As the 2008 plan year approaches, NAMI is watching closely to ensure that beneficiaries with serious mental illness, especially low-income dual eligibles, are able to maintain continued access to drug coverage that meets their complex treatment needs. Of particular concern are the 2.1 million dual eligibles and low-income subsidy (LIS) Medicare beneficiaries that are being required to switch to different prescription drug plans (PDPs) on January 1.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued Quick Tips for People with with Medicare: Using your New Medicare Drug Benefit available in English and Spanish

Updated 3.10.2008