Medicare Issues

Community pharmacies provide cost-saving medication and pharmacy services to millions of Medicare Part B and D patients. Congress and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are making changes to the program all the time. This section lists important changes that community pharmacists should know about and chronicles the NCPA Advocacy Centers efforts to ensure pharmacist can continue serving their patients and getting reimbursed appropriately for their services.

Medicare beneficiaries should be starting to review their 2018 Medicare Part D choices now. You are sure to get an abundance of questions, so be prepared. The Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for beneficiaries runs October 15- December 7. NCPA has produced resources with specific information for the 2018 year to help you in assisting your patients.

Patients affected by a 2017 hurricane are eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to join, switch, or drop their Medicare Advantage Plan and/or Medicare Part D coverage at any time through December 31, 2017. Patients are considered affected and eligible for this SEP if they live in an area declared an emergency or major disaster area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).