CMS begins reassigning LIS beneficiaries

November 1, 2007

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has begun to reassign low-income subsidy-eligible beneficiaries for 2008 Medicare Part D programs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is contacting low-income subsidy (LIS) eligible beneficiaries with reassignment notices. Some beneficiaries have received a special notice if their plan's 2008 premium has risen above the level of their subsidy. As many as 650,000 LIS beneficiaries currently enrolled in UnitedHealthcare plans in 16 regions may be switched to new plans because its premiums are above the benchmark price established by CMS. Reassigned beneficiaries are permitted to move to the new plan, stay in their current plan, or select a different plan. The notice also provides information about available zero premium plans. CMS has been