|DATE:||August 26, 2005|
|SUBJECT:||Budgeting Drug Expenses Under the Medicare Drug Discount Card and the New Medicare Drug Program (Part D) on and after January 1, 2006|
|TO:||All Regional Directors
Food Stamp Program
Attached are 18 Questions and Answers about the drug expenses of Food Stamp clients who also receive Medicare. The Questions and Answers concern the phasing out of the Drug Discount Card, Medicare’s implementation of the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program, and Food Stamp Quality Control. We have developed this guidance in consultation with our Federal partners.
FNS is committed to the successful implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Program. While this guidance focuses on Food Stamp expense budgeting, we want to highlight the importance of the opportunity to connect low-income Medicare recipients with both the Medicare Prescription Drug Program and the Food Stamp Program.
If you have any comments about these Questions and Answers, please direct them to the team leader in the Certification Policy Branch who works with your region.
Arthur T. Foley
Program Development Division