Dean: Patients With Mental Illnesses May Suffer From Proposed Part D Rule Changes.

In the “Blog” for the Huffington Post (2/6), Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont, observes, “Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) put forth a proposed rule that would make unprecedented changes to the six classes of medication that are specifically protected under Part D.” According to Dean, “Patients suffering from mental illness are likely to suffer the consequences of this rule more than any other populations.” He asserts, “The proposed rule would make significant changes to the availability of antidepressants and antipsychotics.” Such changes, made to reduce costs, would have the unintended consequence of making some mental illnesses even more difficult to manage and may result in more lengthy periods of disability for some patients.

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— “Containing Health Costs Is Good But Not at the Expense of the Mentally Ill, “Howard Dean, The Huffington Post, February 5, 2014.

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