The United States Veterans Administration has announced plans to end the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, which helps veterans and their families access prescription drugs, according to The American Conservatives.
The VA has already cut off some beneficiaries’ access to prescription drugs in some states and has also announced plans for other states to do the same.
In some cases, the VA has also cut off benefits for some VA benefits.
That’s a problem because veterans are eligible for many of these benefits.
The plan to end Medicare Part B prescription drug coverage will affect a total of 2.3 million beneficiaries, according the VA.
That means that approximately a third of beneficiaries who received Medicare Part A prescription drugs will have no access to those drugs at all.
That includes those who are eligible to receive Part D.
“These are important people who are dependent on this service and we want them to be able to access their medications,” VA Secretary Dr. Jeremy Hirsch said in a statement.
“It’s very important to me that they have access to these medications and that they can continue to have them for as long as they need them.
I will be issuing instructions to my staff to continue to help ensure their continued access to their medication.”
The plan announced on Wednesday was part of a broader VA effort to eliminate Part B coverage.
On Thursday, the agency announced plans with three additional states to eliminate coverage of prescription drugs and dental care, which covers up to $2,500 per month for some beneficiaries.
“Veterans, military families, and military dependents have been the primary beneficiaries of the VA health care system for decades,” VA spokesman Joe Hager said in an email.
“These plans will provide additional access to coverage and support for VA beneficiaries, who are the backbone of our nation’s defense and the people who help us keep our nation safe.”
The VA says it’s continuing to work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop plans that are more consistent with the goals of Part D, which is currently available to veterans and those who serve in the military.