tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2005 Issue 41

PHARMACEUTICALS: Study Supports Medicare Part E Implementation

'Medicare Extra' proponents pushing for $250 per-person deductible.As Medicare beneficiaries and health care consumer organizations become increasingly confused and dissatisfied with the new prescription drug benefit, the Commonwealth Fund wants an all-inclusive option for Medicare enrollees. Offering this "Medicare Extra," or Part E, plan would eliminate the need for benes to purchase a private drug plan and Medigap supplemental coverage--and lessen confusion and dissatisfaction surrounding the new Medicare Part D drug benefit.In "Medicare Extra: A Comprehensive Benefits Option For Medicare Beneficiaries," a new study published in the Oct. 4 issue of Health Affairs, the...

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