Legislation would end co-pays for dual eligibles
Two congressmen are pushing to eliminate Medicare Part D co-payments for dual-eligible residents in home and community-based settings.
Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) recently disclosed plans to introduce legislation to this effect. The legislation is the House companion bill to a bill (S. 1107) introduced by a bi-partisan group of senators.
The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) and the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) have been urging Congress to waive co-pays for dual eligibles in assisted living facilities. Dual-eligible residents in nursing homes currently are exempt form paying co-payments for Medicare Part D drugs.