Voice For Health & Progress
  • Changes on the Horizon for Low-Income Subsidies: Prescription Co-Payments May Increase

    A proposal in the President’s FY 2016 budget calls for an increase in Medicare Part D brand prescription co-payments for Part D beneficiaries who receive the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS).

    Increasing brand drug co-pays will increase the cost burden for lower income Part D beneficiaries, while potentially compromising their access to needed care.

    This proposal would:

    • Make it harder for Part D beneficiaries to get necessary prescriptions

    • Limit patient choices in prescriptions

    • Force changes in prescribed treatment—even when the generic alternatives may not be the best option for a patient’s health needs

    Medicare Part D is a successful program keeping costs lower for beneficiaries and for taxpayers while helping to improve quality of life for millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities. But for some low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, accessing affordable prescriptions that meet their specific healthcare needs could soon become more difficult.

    Read more here about Low-Income Subsidies.

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  • What does Part D mean to you? Tell us!

    Our “Wall of Stories”—real people sharing their personal experiences with Medicare Part D—continues to grow. More than 200 members of Voices for Health & Progress have submitted their story and photo already!

    Take a look at some of our members’ stories. Together, we share a common bond through our support of Medicare Part D, and we are a powerful voice to help keep Part D successful and growing.

    As our wall grows, we are able to not only tell Congress, but also show them with our real-life stories, that Medicare Part D contributes to healthier, happier lives. Will you share the role Medicare Part D plays in your life?

    Tell your story here.

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  • Update: In 2015, Medicare Part D was at risk of falling victim to the “non-interference provision.”

    Update: In 2015, Medicare Part D was at risk of falling victim to the “non-interference provision.” In part because of your quick action, the amendment that would have proposed harmful changes to Part D never even came up for a vote.

    Our members sent more than 700 letters to Congress in just over 24 hours!

    Government Interference Would Undermine Part D’s Competitive Structure

    Medicare Part D’s competitive structure is critical to the program’s success, and private Part D negotiations free of government interference are a key competitive feature. Currently, Part D plans negotiate substantial discounts and rebates with drug manufacturers as a condition of participation in the program. This encourages robust competition and helps control program costs, providing significant savings for beneficiaries in the form of lower premiums, deductibles, and cost-sharing.

    Government interference would undermine the competitive structure of Part D and could also lead to:

    • Restricted access to needed medicines

    • Limits on medication choices

    • Increased costs for beneficiaries

    • Reduced adherence to needed medicines

    With about a 90 percent satisfaction rate and a record of costs coming in under initial estimates, there is no doubt that Medicare Part D is working and working well.

    Allowing government interference in Part D negotiations could harm beneficiaries who rely on the program and potentially drive up costs elsewhere in the Medicare program. Lawmakers continue to explore options to address fiscal challenges, and Part D should never be the target for misguided cuts.

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