Friday, May 16, 2008

Medicare - proposed revisions to Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit program

SUMMARY: This proposed rule would make revisions to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) and prescription drug benefit program (Part D).

The regulation contains new regulatory provisions regarding special needs plans, medical savings accounts (MSA) plans, and cost-sharing for dual eligible enrollees in the MA program, the prescription drug payment and novation processes in the Part D program, and the enrollment, appeals, and marketing processes for both programs.

We are proposing these changes based on lessons learned since 2006, the initial year of the prescription drug program and the revised MA program.

DATES: To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on July 15, 2008.