Bush campaigns for Medicare Part D, acknowledges start-up errors

Share this article:

President Bush this week tried to rally seniors to the new Medicare drug benefit but also acknowledged mistakes were made during its implementation phase.

During a visit to Canandaigua, NY, Bush encouraged seniors to sign up for the program before the May 15 deadline. An uncertain transition period often follows the passage of a new law, he said. His campaigning for the drug program underscores its potential impact in an election year when many in Congress are up for re-election.

Meanwhile, Mark B. McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said the agency is trying to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to receive prior authorization from their health plan for prescription drugs.

Such efforts include removing barriers established by health plans for their prior authorization process. Some Medicare beneficiary advocates have said prescription drug plans are requiring Medicare to deny the claim first before the drug plan will consider it. Advocates also have said beneficiaries have been told a claim must be filed first under Part B and be rejected before it can be resubmitted.
Share this article:

More in News

White House creates new national strategy on antibiotics

White House creates new national strategy on antibiotics

The Obama administration has unveiled a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It includes an executive order to direct the federal government to "reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant ...

Medicaid provider agreement remains legitimate during bankruptcy proceedings, judge rules

Medicaid must continue to make payments to a Florida nursing home undergoing bankruptcy proceedings, a federal judge rule recently.

Legislator pushes for more HCBS services for Medicaid beneficiaries

Medicaid beneficiaries would have an opportunity to receive more care in a home or community-based setting if a House of Representatives bill passes.