The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released the final rule governing the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.

To help folks understand the 1,162-page final rule, CMS created a variety of fact sheets, timelines, and other background materials to help stakeholders understand the extraordinarily complex drug benefit:

Overview of the new rule, with helpful descriptions of key aspects of the drug benefit.

Summary of how the final rule differs from the proposed rule, as well as a handy table showing the key changes.

● Basic timelines for states, drug plans, and employers.