Bill would eliminate Part D co-pays

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A new Medicare Part D improvement bill introduced in the House would eliminate Part D co-payments for dual eligible beneficiaries in assisted living and other settings.

Assisted living providers praised the Medicare Prescription Drug Savings for Our Seniors Act of 2007. Section 202 of the Act would cut Part D co-payments for about 1 million dual eligible beneficiaries, or those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) recently introduced the bill.

While dual eligible beneficiaries in nursing homes are exempt from Part D co-payments, those in assisted living are not. Achieving the elimination of the co-payments has been a top priority of assisted living advocates this year.