Your Weekly Medicare
Consumer Advocacy Update
Health Reform, Rising Drug Prices and More . . .
March 18, 2010
Volume 1, Issue 3
Rising Drug Prices and
Medicare Drug Coverage
On March 17, the Senate
Special Committee on Aging
held a hearing on rising drug prices in the Medicare Part D drug benefit and their impact on older adults. Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker submitted a statement for the record that outlines how President Obama’s health reform plan would improve Part D. The Obama plan would phase out the doughnut hole and would allow consumers to purchase lower-cost generic versions of expensive biologics. Read the statement.
View testimony at the hearing.
I am having trouble paying for my prescription drugs. Are there any programs that can help me pay for my medications?
—Rebecca (Shaker Heights, OH)
There are many programs that might be able to help you pay for some of your prescriptions. There is a federal program called Extra Help that can help pay for most of the costs of prescriptions if you are eligible.
To learn more about Extra Help, visit www.medicareinteractive.org. The excerpt above is adapted from Dear Marci, our weekly newsletter for consumers. Sign up for Dear Marci.
Seniors to Seniors, a broad coalition of unions and advocates for older adults, is calling on Congress to pass health reform. The coalition is committed to educating the public about how health reform will affect Medicare once it is enacted. Read more about Seniors to Seniors.
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