2013 Medicare Changes: Some Plans Covering More Mental-Health Drugs
Every year, things change with individual Medicare plans. That’s why experts always say to review yours during the annual enrollment period (which is going on now through December 7). But since the health-care overhaul kicked in, more sweeping changes have been taking place.
The Detroit Free Press goes over some of the changes to look for in 2013.
For example, plans now may choose to cover benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that includes Valium and is used to treat anxiety and insomnia, and certain barbiturates such as those used to treat chronic mental disorders. Those drugs in the past were excluded from Part D and were typically covered out of pocket.
Other changes for 2013 include coverage of additional screenings and deeper drug discounts when you hit the Medicare donut hole.
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.