Mental Health & Rehabilitation eCast January 2006

The following special edition eCast provides accurate and helpful resources on Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage for those under 65 with disabilities. Selections by Lyn Legere, MS, CRC, CPRP, consultant/trainer on Medicare Part D and staff member at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

 

FOR ANYONE

U.Mass Center for Health Policy & Research – http://www.masschec.org/ Q&A, references, Dual Eligible PowerPoint & Tip Sheets

Consumer workbook in English & Spanish. This book provides comprehensive coverage in easy-to-understand language. There are also fact sheets on different components of Part D on the NMHA website.

Understanding Changes in Prescription Drug Coverage for People with Disabilities on Medicare – A very good resource focusing on people under 65 with disabilities.

NAMI – There is a longer and shorter document describing Medicare Part D in relation to people with psychiatric disabilities.
1) http://www.nami.org/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm?ContentFileID=5907
2) http://www.nami.org/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm?ContentFileID=5908

 

HIV/AIDS SPECIFIC

Treatment Access Expansion Project – A Medicare Part D Enrollment booklet
http://www.taepusa.org/documents/medicare_partd_toolkit.pdf –

 

MULTI-LINGUAL RESOURCES

Medicare Rx Info Source – http://www.medicarerxinfosource.com/EDUCATE.ASPX?CID=10007&tab=2&st=8
Simplified booklet available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Tieng Viet, Tagalog, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Phone numbers for multilingual and TTY assistance:
TTY:                1-877-486-2048
Chinese           1-800-582-4218
Korean            1-800-582-4259
Vietnamese     1-800-582-4336

HELPFUL WEBSITES
www.mentalhealthpartd.org – Info on Medicare Part D organized in sections for Consumers, Psychiatrists & Community Mental Health providers.

http://www.tricare.osd.mil/medicarepartd/   – This provides information for people with Medicare Part D and TriCare for Life (Veteran’s)

LYN LEGERE , MS , CRC, CPRP has been helping people negotiate public benefit systems, especially Social Security, since 1985.  A primary focus of her work has been providing consultation and training to people with psychiatric disabilities.  Since the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act, Lyn has been dedicated to serving the quasi-forgotten under-65 population, training beneficiaries, providers and families across the country on the ins-and-outs of Medicare Part D.

Contact info: Lyn Legere, Boston University , Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 940 Commonwealth Avenue West , Boston , MA 02215 Phone: 617-353-3549 Email: lynleg@bu.edu