Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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February 17, 2006

Transition from Medicaid to Medicare Part D
Now Extended to March 8

PIERRE, S.D. – Effective Friday, February 17, 2006, South Dakota will continue to help seniors and people with disabilities transitioning from Medicaid to the Medicare Part D Program obtain emergency medications on a weekly basis through March 8, 2006.

A waiver has been granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allowing for guaranteed payment through February 22, 2006. After that, cases involving dual eligible – Medicare/Medicaid recipients will be approved weekly until March 8, 2006.

“There are still cases in South Dakota where people need our help in obtaining their emergency medications. We will continue to help dual eligible – Medicare/Medicaid recipients with payment costs, on a weekly basis, now through March 8, 2006,” said Department of Social Services (DSS) Secretary Deborah Bowman.

Gov. Mike Rounds first initiated a payment plan to supply emergency medications for 30 days back in January. Since then, the state of South Dakota has helped hundreds of recipients with their prescription drug payments.

“We want to ensure people in South Dakota are receiving their medications through Medicare Part D and we will continue to work with the state’s pharmacies to assist those citizens who encounter problems with obtaining their prescription drugs,” Secretary Bowman concluded.