Transition of Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries from Medicaid to Medicare Part D
Beginning January 1, 2006, prescription drug coverage for more than 6 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries who also are enrolled in Medicaid shifts from the states (Medicaid) to the federal government (Medicare) as part of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. These beneficiaries, referred to as full-benefit dual-eligibles, will qualify for Medicare prescription drug coverage with low or no premiums and copayments of a few dollars.
Recognizing the enormity of this transition from Medicaid drug coverage to Medicare, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and has been working with many partners in and out of government to ensure the transition process for these beneficiaries is as seamless and efficient as possible. The most important goal of this transition is to ensure that full-benefit dual-eligible beneficiaries will get the prescription drug coverage they need as of January 1, 2006.
Click here for a fact sheet about the steps CMS is taking to ensure a safe and appropriate transition for the dual-eligible population. (PDF File; Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).
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