* The amount of reported knowledge increased with familiarity of the prescription drug benefit
. Those with no coverage reported the least amount of knowledge while those who had chosen a Part D plan reported the most knowledge.
The RDS provides financial incentives, in the form of direct payments, to employers to continue to provide prescription drug benefits
for their retirees, instead of abandoning the plans in response to the inclusion of such benefits under Medicare.
Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., will host forums across the state this month to help residents learn how to sign up for the new prescription drug benefit
that has been added to Medicare beginning Nov.
They also said that "part of the premium increase is necessary to increase assets that, for accounting purposes, are held in the Part B trust fund." Though premiums are rising, most Medicare beneficiaries will see significantly lower out-of-pocket health care costs in 2006 because of the savings in drug costs from the new Medicare prescription drug benefit
, the agency contends.
-- Dueling prescription drug benefit
plans are scheduled to appear on California's special election ballot on November 8.
Loss, executive vice president of the stock-market research firm Washington Analysis, "I think the leadership was very slow to recognize the severity of the problem." For an industry famous for its political clout--it usually has more Washington lobbyists than there are members of Congress--Big Pharma was politically tone-deaf to the PR disaster it was incurring by opposing a prescription drug benefit
in Medicare for many years and blocking the purchase of low-cost drugs from Canada.
Targeted to attorneys, pharmaceutical company executives, healthcare trade association executives, lobbyists and government officials, the service covers the implementation of, and tracks the latest developments related to, the new Medicare prescription drug benefit
, including Medicare reimbursement rules and the interim Medicare discount drug card.
The Medicare Modernization Act is not just about providing a Medicare prescription drug benefit
; it also includes $25 million to fund and evaluate comprehensive background check programs for new workers in long-term care facilities.
The Medicare prescription drug benefit
is yet another blow to young taxpayers as the Federal government once again is making young America pay for graying America, according to a study by the Cato Institute, Washington, D.C.
It is not clear how the new Medicare prescription drug benefit
will affect access to hepatitis C treatment when introduced in 2006.
It also provides $1.2 billion in federal funding to help states implement portions of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit