January 17, 2005

The New Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: The Impact on Mental HealthThe Shift of Dual Eligibles to Medicare Under the new Medicare law, about 6.2 million individuals enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare will have their drug costs covered under Medicare instead of Medicaid. Until now, these individuals, referred to as dual eligibles, have received prescription drug benefits and other wrap-around coverage through the Medicaid program, which is jointly funded by federal and state governments and administered by the states. Aside from prescription drug coverage, eligibility for all other Medicaid services will continue for dual . . .

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