Tuesday, November 15, 2005
From the AP via the Seattle Post Intelligencer:
Eight advocacy groups asked a federal judge on Monday to ensure that no elderly or disabled Americans lose access to their prescription drugs as they enroll in the new Medicare drug plan.
The groups filed the suit on behalf of about 6.4 million people who qualify for Medicare as well as Medicaid because of their incomes. Their earnings are usually well below the poverty level. Nearly 40 percent have dementia or other impairments.
Medicaid, a state-federal partnership, now covers most of their prescription drug costs. But, beginning on Jan. 1, Medicare will undertake that role.
The advocacy groups are concerned that some of the "dual eligibles" will no longer be able to obtain drugs, either because they weren't enrolled in a drug plan or they could not understand communications about their new coverage.