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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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