CMS Proposal Leaves Part D Protected Class Unprotected

Law360, New York (February 13, 2014, 1:40 PM EST) -- On Jan. 10, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued its first major proposed revision of Medicare Part D regulations in several years. 79 Fed. Reg. 1918 (Jan. 10, 2014). Among the over 30 proposed changes to the program was a major bombshell for the mental health and transplant communities: the proposed elimination of CMS-created beneficiary access protections for depression and anti-rejection medications, and the proposed phase out of anti-psychotic medications in 2015.

Although rumors of CMS' intent to scale back coverage of some...
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