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Medicare Modernization Act

On December 8, 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003. This landmark legislation provides seniors and people living with disabilities with a prescription drug benefit, more choices and better benefits under Medicare, the most significant improvement to senior health care in nearly 40 years.

This page will be frequently updated with information over the next several months as CMS begins implementation of these benefits and reforms.

Information on CMS Implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003


New Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit and Health Plan Choices NEW

Interim Drug Card Bidder Data Sets Now Available

Press Release: HHS Proposes New Rules To Deliver Better Benefits and Savings on Drugs for Medicare Beneficiaries

Fact Sheet: Proposed Regulations To Implement the New Medicare Law: The Next Step Toward Prescription Drug Coverage, Better Benefits and Lower Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries

Proposed Rules*:

  1. Medicare Program; Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (CMS-4068-P) (PDF [1.25 MB] or Text [1.75 MB])
  2. Medicare Program; Establishment of the Medicare Advantage Program (CMS-4069-P) (PDF [2.16 MB] or Text [742 KB])
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Questions and Answers on the Proposed Medicare Advantage Regulation: CMS-4069-P (Title II of MMA)(PDF, 144 KB)

Issue Papers

CMS Discussion Paper on USP Draft Model Guidelines (PDF, 49 KB)

Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card and Transitional Assistance Program

Contracting Reform

Chronic Care Improvement Program

Establishing Regional Medicare PPOs and PDPs Under the Medicare Modernization Act

General Medicare Reform Information

Other Resources

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Last Modified on Friday, October 08, 2004