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New Resources on the Medicare Part D Coverage Gap
Two new brochures from YourPharmacyBenefit.org can help you understand the Medicare part D coverage gap and how to effectively deal with it.

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What If Sheet - after Transition Period pdf
Medicare Part D "What if sheet" for issues after the Transition Period Ended on March 31, 2006

Quick Answers to FAQs on Processing Claims for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries
Learn more about what to do if there are problems with filling prescriptions by dual eligibles enrolled in the new Medicare Part D.

MAPRx Website Now Available
The MAPRx (Medicare Access for Patients Rx) website is now available to help you navigate through the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage plans.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
A new toll-free number and Web site provide help to those who lack prescription coverage or cannot afford their medications.

NAMI Policy Research Institute
Learn more about NAMI's Policy Research Institute, whose mission is to drive national, state, and local debates on reforms and investments in the nation's mental illness delivery and financing system.

Medicare Prescription Discount Card Now Available
As of June 1, savings on prescription drugs became available to Medicare beneficiaries under the Drug Discount Card program.

NAMI Position on Medicare Conference Report
The new benefits for prescription drug coverage and protections for vulnerable, low-income beneficiaries (including those dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid) appear to be a major improvement over the status quo and previous congressional proposals. As a result, NAMI has sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging members to vote in favor of passage later this week.

The New Medicare Drug Plan and Beneficiaries with Mental Illness
On December 8, 2003, President Bush signed into law the Medicare Modernization Act - a new law expanding the Medicare program to offer coverage for outpatient prescription drugs. While few of the new law's provisions apply solely to Medicare beneficiaries living with mental illness, the expanded coverage includes many changes that will impact the way Medicare is able to pay for mental illness treatment. This document contains commonly asked questions and answers about the how the new law will affect beneficiaries with mental illness (both elderly and non-elderly Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries).

Letter Regarding Medicare Conference Report: Senator Frist
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)expresses support for the recently completed conference agreement on HR 1 - legislation adding a prescription drug benefit to the Medicare program.

Letter Regarding Medicare Conference Report: Speaker Hastert
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), expresses support for the recently completed conference agreement on HR 1 - legislation adding a prescription drug benefit to the Medicare program.

President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
Reports here address Medicaid and Medicare reform.

Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services
Consumer information, consumer publications, glossary.



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