NCAL: Waive drug co-payments for dual eligibles in assisted living
The National Center for Assisted Living is calling on Congress to waive Medicare Part D co-payments for dual-eligible seniors in home- and community based care settings.Dual eligibles in assisted living and other settings deserve the same prescription drug benefits as beneficiaries in nursing homes, NCAL Executive Director David Kyllo said in a letter to Wednesday's Senate Special Aging Committee hearing and the House Ways and Means' Subcommittee on Health. Currently, nursing home dual eligibles are exempt from cost sharing for Part D drugs.
The statement urged Congress to reintroduce bipartisan "The Home and Community Services Co-payment Equity Act of 2006 (S. 2409. H.R. 590). The bills would offer Part D relief for dual Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in home- and community-based settings.