After being notified by plan members and their physicians, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a notice to Aetna Insurance Co. of its intent to impose an intermediate sanction to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries continue to have access to prescription drugs under Medicare’s requirements.

Aetna was served with the intermediate sanction notice because it allegedly has continued to improperly administer the Medicare drug benefit in the plan’s national standalone prescription drug plan (PDP) and its 25 Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MA-PD) contracts, according to CMS. Approximately 400,000 Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in the organization’s MA-PD plans and another 600,000 are enrolled in the Aetna PDP.

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