DHS Mails Letters Informing Dual Eligibles of Change in Drug Coverage
The Department of Health Services last week completed a mailing of letters to notify 937,000 beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medi-Cal and Medicare that their prescription drug coverage will be shifted from Medi-Cal to Medicare beginning Jan. 1, 2006, the Sacramento Bee reports. Dual eligibles who do not enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan will be automatically assigned to a plan by federal officials.
The letters were sent in:
- Tagalog; and
DHS is working with federal officials and the California Pharmacists Association to educate beneficiaries about the drug benefit.
Stan Rosenstein, state chief of Medi-Cal, said the state has about $4.5 million to spend on Part D education efforts (Weaver Teichert, Sacramento Bee, 9/4). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.