Health officials scramble to get $200 Medicare drug cards out by Election Day

U.S. health officials are working rapidly to get an $8 billion strategy to offer $200 drug cards to all Medicare patients by Election Day, five health officials informed Politico..

President Donald Trump announced the strategy Sept. 24 during a campaign speech in North Carolina. Under the strategy, all Medicare beneficiaries would receive a $200 card, comparable to a credit card, that they might use at drug stores for their medications..

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” Its developing into this last-minute, thrown-together thing,” an HHS official associated with the effort informed Politico..
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But numerous senior citizens wouldnt actually get the cards till after the election, Politico reported..

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The cash for the plan originates from Medicares trust fund and includes about $51 million to create and distribute the cards and $19 million to send the letters. The White House has said the plan will function as a test of the Medicare program..

Led by CMS Administrator Seema Verma and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, the leaders are trying to settle the plan as quickly as Oct. 9 and begin sending letters to the 39 million Medicare recipients the following week informing them of the plan, according to Politico..

Maia Anderson –
Friday, October 9th, 2020
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