$200 Medicare prescription drug discount card for beneficiaries won’t happen

Those promised $200 prescription drug cards for Medicare beneficiaries won’t be coming.

With little time left before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20, the Trump administration is backing off its plan to send the discount cards to roughly 39 million Medicare enrollees, an official for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services confirmed to CNBC. The agency’s head, Seema Verma, earlier told Business Insider that she didn’t anticipate the cards being sent.

President Trump first pushed his plan during a campaign speech delivered in Charlotte, North Carolina, in late September. The cards received criticism for their cost ($7.9 billion) and questionable legality.

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