PRESCRIPTION DRUG CARD SPONSORS
Enrollment in the prescription drug card program will begin in May 2004. Enrollment will be accomplished by filing an application with the card sponsor. People with full Medicaid benefits that cover prescription drug costs, including those who are in a Medicaid "waiver" program, may not enroll in a discount drug card. Also, individuals enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (formerly Medicare+Choice) plan which offers a prescription drug card for its members may only get a prescription drug card through that plan. If the MA plan does not offer a Medicare approved discount card, or offers a card that is also open to non-members, the MA enrollee may choose any Medicare approved discount card offered in their state.
In Connecticut, HealthNet of Connecticut is offering a discount card, so beneficiaries enrolled in that MA plan must use that card. Those who are not enrolled in that MA plan may choose from any of the other "general" sponsors listed below.
The Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services (CMS) will
send beneficiaries information in May 2004 about the discount cards
available to them. However, the information will not include
comparative information about the prices of prescriptions negotiated by
various card sponsors. Beneficiaries will have to contact each
plan sponsor individually to determine if the card will include the prescriptions
they need, and what the prices will be.
Click on the link below for the general Medicare-endorsed sponsors who will provide cards for any eligible applicant throughout the country, the sponsors who will provide Medicare-approved cards only to plan members, or for general enrollment forms. The information comes from www.cms.gov.
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