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5/18/2005 12:00:00 AM

MEDICARE PART D - MAY CMS LETTER (E-mail sent regarding letter being sent to the residence where the consumer lives).

                 UPDATE

 For further information, contact: Susan Constantino, Executive Director

Please note that this letter will go to the residence where the consumer lives. 

Thank you.

Susan Constantino

Executive Director

Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS

----- Original Message -----

From: "Kevin Patricia" <[email protected]>

Subject: Medicare Part D - May CMS Letter

FYI:

This month, CMS will mail the attached notice regarding the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program to all dual eligibles [i.e. people with Medicare and Medicaid coverage].  The notice tells the dual eligibles about Part D and lets them know that they need not apply to SSA for help with the cost of the Medicare prescription drugs.

In the notice, CMS also provides contact information.

The notice is in both Word and PDF format.  Please feel free to share with others.

Important Information from Medicare about

Paying for Prescription Drugs

Beginning January 1, 2006, all people with Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Our records show that you currently have Medicare and Medicaid, and Medicaid now pays for your prescription drugs.

(Medicaid is the program in your State that pays health care costs for people with limited income and resources. It may be called something different in your State.)

Starting January 1, 2006, Medicare will pay for your drugs instead of Medicaid.

Medicaid will stop paying for your prescription drug coverage after December 31, 2005. Medicaid will still pay for your other health care costs.

Medicare will help pay the cost of your Medicare prescription drugs. You will need to pay a small copayment for each prescription.

Other people will get mail from the Social Security Administration (SSA) telling them that they can apply to get help from Medicare to pay the cost of Medicare prescription drugs. You won't get this mail from SSA, because we already know you will get this help.

This fall your "Medicare & You 2006" handbook will include information about how Medicare will pay for your drug costs and what you will need to do.

Remember, you don't need to do anything now. If you have questions about the information in this letter

·           Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

·           Visit www.medicare.gov on the web.

·           Look for your "Medicare & You" handbook in the fall.

Para obtener una copia de este aviso en espafiol, name gratis al 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Los usuarios de TTY deben llamar al 1-877-486-2048.


CMS

CENTERS for MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES

CMS Pub. No. 11132 May 2005

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