Providers urge bill to ease Part D co-pay burden

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Long-term care providers this week asked a congressional panel to propose legislation that would eliminate the Medicare Part D co-payment for dual-eligible beneficiaries living in home- and community-based settings.

Gail Clarkson, CEO of The Medilodge Group, urged the subcommittee to introduce a companion bill to The Home and Community Services Co-payment Equity Act (S. 1107). She testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on behalf of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

Also during the subcommittee meeting, AARP and other advocates for the elderly called for legislation that would remove asset requirements for applicants for the Part D low-income subsidy and for Medicare Saving Programs (MSPs).