The Obama administration announced March 10 that it would scrap much of a proposed plan to limit the types of antidepressants and other drugs that seniors and the disabled can get through Medicare.
In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed broad changes to the Medicare Part D pr1escription-drug program that covers medicines for about 39 million beneficiaries. Among the most contentious proposals was one to end the practice of covering essentially any type of antidepressant, antipsychotic or immunosuppressant prescription drug for consumers in the program. Medicare had said the plan was meant to save taxpayers money and simplify the program for seniors.
See an article from The Washington Post.
Read commentary from George Grossberg, MD, Saint Louis University geriatric psychiatrist, on why this rule would have posed great hardship on seniors and the disabled.