Media Advisory             

For March 27, 2010

Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications

Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications

Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker Submits Statement for Senate Hearing on Rising Drug Prices in the Medicare Part D Program

Washington, D.C.—The Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a hearing on rising drug prices in the Medicare Part D program and their impact on older adults. Committee member Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) will chair the hearing, “Seniors Feeling the Squeeze: Rising Drug Prices and the Part D Program.”

Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker submitted a statement for the record for the hearing describing the impact of rising drug prices on consumers, particularly those who fall in the coverage gap in the Medicare drug benefit and those who take high-priced biologics that now have no generic alternatives. The statement advocates passage of President Obama’s health reform plan, which phases out the coverage gap in the Medicare drug benefit and creates a regulatory pathway allowing consumers to purchase lower-cost generic versions of biologics. It is available here.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
2:30 pm

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562

PARTICIPANTS: The following people will provide testimony.

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