CMS Finalizes Rules Regarding Eligibility for Medicare Prescription Drug Subsidy


On January 17, 2012 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) adopted as a final rule changing Medicare’s Extra Help Program.  The Extra Help Program is a prescription drug coverage low-income subsidy created through the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  Effective January 18, 2012, the final rule incorporates the ACA’s changes to the Extra Help Program by extending eligibility for one year after the death of a beneficiary’s spouse that would otherwise decrease or eliminate the subsidy.  The final rule also implements changes to the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Provider Act of 2008 by excluding from a resource (for purposes of Extra Help eligibility) the value of life insurance policies or income for food, shelter, and certain household bills.   

Read the full notice from the federal register here.    

 
 
 
 
 

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