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2009 Medicare Part D Premiums to Rise Dramatically: Over 2 Million Low Income Beneficiaries At Risk
Date:11/18/2008

n finding affordable plans that cover their medications. Between 2008 and 2009, the total number of LIS plans offered decreased in all but one state. The number of LIS plans offered across all states decreased by nearly 40% between 2008 and 2009.

"2009 may find low income beneficiaries unable to access their prescription medication, paying a monthly premium that they cannot afford, or both," said Hector Javier Preciado of the Greenlining Institute.

Today's report recommends changes to the Part D system that would reduce annual disruption to low income beneficiaries, including:

-- Establishing a Medicare-administered Part D plan to provide enrollees the same options and choices they have in other parts of the Medicare program; and

-- Improving the reassignment process so that it also takes a beneficiary's known prescription needs into account.

Beneficiaries seeking assistance about their 2009 coverage should contact their local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (http://www.shipusa.org). For a copy of the full report, see http://www.nsclc.org/areas/medicare-part-d.

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