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Medicare Part B Coinsurance Reductions for Select Drugs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a temporary reduction in coinsurance rates for 64 drugs available through Medicare Part B from July 1, 2024, to September 30, 2024. This reduction is part of the Medicare Prescription Drug Inflation Rebate Program initiated by the Inflation Reduction Act. The program aims to curtail rapid price hikes by pharmaceutical companies that exceed the inflation rate.

These drugs, used by over 750,000 Medicare beneficiaries annually, treat various conditions including osteoporosis, cancer, and infections. Notable medications include Padcev for advanced bladder cancer, where beneficiaries have experienced significant cost savings, and Crysvita for a rare genetic disorder affecting growth and bone health.

The Inflation Reduction Act also includes measures such as rebates from drug companies to Medicare for price increases beyond inflation, and an expansion of the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program under Medicare Part D, benefiting nearly 300,000 people. Furthermore, starting January 1, 2024, some Medicare Part D enrollees will see a cap on annual out-of-pocket costs at approximately $3,500, with a further reduction to $2,000 slated for 2025.


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