More States Helping Seniors with Medicare Part D Problems

More states have joined the effort to help provide emergency help for seniors left in the lurch by the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

Rhode Island and Illinois are two of the latest states that are launching emergency programs to help recipients get the prescription drugs they need.

Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and North Dakota are among other states trying to fix problems supposed to be solved by the federal government's new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

Part D Medicare beneficiaries who have signed up for prescription drug coverage with one of the 40-plus plans offering coverage in Alabama are supposed to be getting drugs at a reduced rate.  Low-income beneficieries are supposed to to have very low co-pays of $5 or less for their drugs, but are often having to pay full price for the drugs because they are not in their plans database.

Low-income seniors on Medicaid who did not choose a program by Dec. 31, 2005 were supposed to be automatically enrolled in a plan.  But in many cases pharmacies have not been able to verify their eligibility, and either have to pay full price for their drugs or leave the pharmacy without needed medications.

Other seniors enrolled in a plan, but have not received an acknowledgement letter from their plan after several weeks.  Seniors and pharmacists often cannot get through to plans to plans or Medicare to find out their status.