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2004-B-12: Income Calculation regarding Medicare Prescription Drug Cards and Transitional Assistance

To: All Federally-Assisted Housing Companies

From: Jane I. Berrie, Director Housing Management Bureau

Date: September 1, 2004

Subject: Income Calculation regarding Medicare Prescription Drug Cards and Transitional Assistance


The attached Notice - Directive #04-11 - provides guidance to the Project Owners and Managing Agents in determining annual and adjusted income in HUD's assisted housing programs under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, Public Law 108 -173.

Images of these documents can be viewed in the PDF version of Management Bureau Memorandum 2004-B-12

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act ( MMA) was enacted on December 8, 2003. Until the new Medicare drug benefit becomes available in 2006, the MMA provides for the issuance of prescription drug discount cards and transitional prescription drug assistance for Medicare beneficiaries who meet the eligibility criteria.

The Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card and Transitional Assistance programs began on June 1, 2004. Because of a statutory requirement (Section 1860D -31 (g) (6)of the Social Security Act), recipients of this medicare benefit should not experience any decrease in the amount of assistance received from other Federal programs, including, but not limited to, HUD's assisted housing programs. Owners and Managing Agents must:

More information regarding the Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card and Transitional Assistance can be found at the Department of Health and Human Services website http://www.cms.hhs.gov/media/press/release.asp?Counter=990

If you have any questions, please call Linda Kedzierski at (212) 480-2021, or e-mail her at LKedzierski@nyshcr.org.

-Jane I. Berrie

Last updated on 06/08/10