BASS ASKS CONSTITUENTS TO REPORT MEDICARE PART D EXPERIENCES

From the Office of Congressman Charlie Bass

BASS ASKS CONSTITUENTS TO REPORT MEDICARE PART D EXPERIENCES

 

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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Charles Bass (R-NH02) today asked Granite Staters to contact him with details of any problems that they may have experienced with the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program. Constituents are encouraged to visit his website at http://www.house.gov/bass/ to fill out a special submission form, or to call, write, fax or email the Congressman noting any specific problems that they have encountered since the benefit began on January 1, 2006.

 

"If you have had problems accessing your medications, if any of your drugs have been dropped from your plan, or if your benefit card has yet to arrive, I would like to know," said Bass. "I will be working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to begin addressing problems with this new benefit's implementation, and the experiences of New Hampshire residents will help illustrate the need for specific improvements during this process."

Although CMS has been working to address the concerns associated with the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit's implementation, inconsistencies still remain. Bass sent a letter to CMS last month voicing his concerns when many dual-eligible recipients in New Hampshire had difficulty accessing their prescription drugs. Bass has also requested that the state be reimbursed for costs incurred to ensure that seniors were able to obtain needed drugs throughout the transition.

"Governor Lynch and the Legislature acted quickly to protect the well-being of New Hampshire citizens," observed Bass. "The costs the state incurred in the process are rightfully the responsibility of CMS."

Bass will be using information collected from constituents through his website and from other communications in order to work with CMS and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on which he serves, to address program discrepancies.

"Like any new program, we need to iron out the kinks and address discrepancies as the benefit gets underway," said Bass. "This program provides lifesaving medications so it is particularly urgent that we work to address any problems encountered as swiftly as possible."