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States Contemplate Lawsuit Challenging “Clawback” in Medicare Part D

It looks increasingly likely that several states will challenge the constitutionality of a key element of Congress' financing of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit (also known as Medicare Part D). To help fund the massive new Medicare drug benefit, Congress mandated that state governments send monthly checks to the federal treasury. The so-called "clawback" - amounting about $100 billion...

Medicare Drug Benefit, Low-Income Subsidy, and the Beltway Expectations Game

It's still early in the nationwide push to get millions of low-income Medicare beneficiaries to sign up for the subsidy that could cover the bulk of their prescription drug expenses. But, as many of us expected, applications are coming in at a trickle. The low-income subsidy is one of the most positive aspects of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit...

Medicare Part B Drugs: CMS Delays Competitive Acquisition Program

In response to criticism from major drug distributors and lackluster response to a request for bids, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying implementation of the Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP) for physician-administered drugs paid under Medicare Part B. Originally scheduled to launch January 2006, CAP will now start July 2006 " provided CMS modifies the proposed...

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