Legislation would end co-pays for dual eligibles

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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.