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Levin proposes changes to Part D

Physician Practice Advisor, January 25, 2006

Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) on Monday said that he will propose revisions to the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the Detroit Free Press reports. Levin plans to:

  • eliminate prescription drug copayments for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.
  • prohibit the clause that allows Medicare drug plans to change the list of prescription drugs they will pay for during a calendar year. Instead, he proposes that insurance companies be allowed to change their list of covered drugs only once each year during the patient open-enrollment period.
  • increase assistance to Medicare beneficiaries who previously received medications through assistance programs administered by pharmaceutical companies.
  • eliminate the so-called "doughnut hole," a period during which beneficiaries must continue paying a monthly premium for their Medicare prescription drug plans, but they receive no help with their drug costs.