March 1st 2006
If misery loves company, then Beverly Thomas of Carbondale, Ill.,isn't alone. She is one of thousands of dual eligibles(beneficiaries covered by both Medicaid and Medicare) who went tothe pharmacy after January 1, 2006, only to find that it would notfill their prescriptions. Unfortunately, her medication for mentalillness is so critical that if she misses even a day, she could behospitalized. With the help of Southern Illinois Regional SocialServices, Thomas got squared away, but admits she still is confusedabout how the new Medicare Part D benefit operates.