New claims system will allow states to obtain Part D reimbursements

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States will be able to file claims with the federal government to obtain Medicare Part D-related reimbursements, Mark McClellan, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said this week.

States incurred extra costs during the launch of Medicare Part D in January. More than 40 states took emergency steps to ensure that dual eligibles received necessary medications. Nursing homes house many dual eligibles, those who are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

The administration soon plans to disclose details of the claims system, McClellan told governors who were meeting this week at the National Governors Association. States could receive payments as early as four weeks after they file claims with the federal government, McClellan said. Further, states will not have to interact with health plans, McClellan said.