JLawmakers said July 1 they would seek to add to Medicare's prescription drug benefit a category of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizures.
The benefit, which begins Jan. 1, currently excludes coverage of a category of drugs called benzodiazepines. But mental health experts say that "benzos" are sometimes the most appropriate drugs for patients, and that a sudden switch to other drugs can be life-threatening. Xanax, Valium, and Ativan are among the most widely used benzos.
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