February 08, 2006

Mentally Ill hurt by new Medicare Changes

News from the Washington Post suggests that the Mentally ill are being signficantly harmed by new Medicare plan changes. Some prescription denials have heightened distress

The Washington Post story states:

Even among the incident reports crossing Craig Knoll's desk weekly now, this one stood out: A 43-year-old client of Knoll's mental health agency, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder, had come from his pharmacy frustrated to the point of meltdown. There were snags in his new Medicare drug plan. Of his four medicines, it would fill only two. ...

'We could have an epidemic'
"I really don't know what the future will bring. . . . I have a very deep concern that psychiatric patients will suffer disproportionately," Sharfstein said. "If by the end of February or March, if [federal officials] haven't figured this out, we could have an epidemic on our hands."

The mentally ill are nearly a third of the "dual eligibles" who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid because of income and disability or age. Mark B. McClellan, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told a Senate committee hearing Thursday that a prime focus is resolving the "remaining transition issues" for this extremely vulnerable population.

Read the full story: Mentally ill shaken by new Medicare plan


i don't understand how the united states is supposed to be the richest country in the world when our health care plans are so poor compared to some other countries.. as somone with shizoaffective and ocd, on medicaid and becoming eligible for medicare, this is so scary to me.

Posted by: Vykky at February 8, 2006 05:09 PM

definitely agree with vykky regarding health care in this country. we have billions to send to other countries for medical care, but cannot take care of those of this country.
have seen many become homeless because of health care prices which are rip offs.

Posted by: chico at February 9, 2006 09:07 AM

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