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CMS-4133-P Option for Prescription Drug Plans to Lower their Premiums for LIS Beneficiaries

This proposed rule would provide for an option for Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) Sponsors to offer a separate prescription drug premium amount for low-income subsidy (LIS) individuals subject to certain conditions. We are proposing to allow PDP Sponsors to offer a reduced premium amount for LIS-eligible individuals to ensure that at least five PDP Sponsors in every PDP region would have a PDP with a premium at or below the premium subsidy amount. This provision will help to ensure there are a sufficient number of organizations offering zero-premium plans in each region and reduce the number of LIS beneficiary reassignments to other organizations.