Providers support eliminating Part D co-payments for dual eligibles

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Providers are backing a bill that seeks to eliminate Medicare Part D prescription drug co-payments for all dual eligibles.

The American Health Care Association and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging signed a letter of support to Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR), who is sponsoring The Home and Community Services Co-payment Equity Act of 2006 (S. 2409). Some 30 other groups also signed the letter.

The dual eligibles in question reside in assisted living, residential care facilities, and other licensed facilities, as well as home settings. Congress already exempted dual eligibles living in nursing facilities from any cost sharing for Part D prescription drugs. Under Part D, co-payments for dual eligibles are between $1 and $5 dollars per prescription.

To view the entire letter, please visit: www.ahca.org/news/ltr_smith_06060.pdf
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