2006 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

Chief Patron: Jones S.C.
Gap Insurance for Medicare Part D "Donut Hole"

Item 302.10 #1h

Item 302.10 #1h

First Year - FY2007 Second Year - FY2008
Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2007 $500,000 FY2008 $500,000 GF

Page 271, after line 53, insert:

(This amendment establishes a premium assistance program for Medicare Part D beneficiaries to cover the price of gap insurance for prescription drug costs that are not covered by the Medicare Part D program once an individual's prescription drug costs exceed an annual amount greater than $2,850 but less than $5,100. The Medicare Part D program does not cover drug costs between $2,850 and $5,100 for some beneficiaries with incomes above 150 percent of the federal poverty level (referred to as the "donut hole"). This program would help to ensure that medications are continuously available without interruption for persons living with chronic diseases requiring medication to maintain health. )