MIPPA: First Broad Changes to Medicare Part D Plan Operations

LeMasurier, Jean D.; Edgar, Babette
April 2009
American Health & Drug Benefits;Apr/May2009, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p111
Academic Journal
In July 2008, as part of broad Medicare reform, Congress passed the first major legislative changes to Medicare Part D since its enactment in 2003--the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. This new legislation has significant implications for how Part D plans can market and enroll Medicare beneficiaries. The new legislation also strengthened beneficiary protections, expanded the low-income subsidy provisions originally included in Part D, and expanded Part D coverage. These changes have significant implications for the operation of Part D plans and can affect those involved in benefit design, including specialty pharmacy coverage. This article discusses the major changes that took effect on January 1, 2009, and have immediate implications for Part D plan sponsors, including Medicare Advantage plans and standalone prescription drug plans.


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