The Medicare prescription drug program or Part D enjoys widespread beneficiary support! According to an October 2011 survey of Medicare Part D beneficiaries, 88 percent of Americans feel their Medicare prescription drug plan works well and bring them peace of mind. Furthermore, beneficiaries say plans deliver what they say they will and the cost is a good value.
As the fiscal debate rages on in Washington, supporters of Medicare Part D must work together to ensure this program is protected. Medicare Part D has been and continues to be extremely successful. It provides a lifeline to millions of Americans by providing them with access to prescriptions that were previously unaffordable, which in turn improves health outcomes and ultimately reduces health care costs.
To meet that goal, please join patients across the country by signing a petition to all Members of Congress urging them to protect Medicare Part D.
Established in 2005, MAPRx brings together more than 40 beneficiary, patient advocacy, family caregiver and health professional organizations committee to improving access to prescription medications and safeguarding the well-being of beneficiaries with chronic diseases and disabilities under the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
I urge you to protect the Medicare Part D program as you examine ways to reduce federal spending. Medicare Part D has been and continues to be extremely successful. The program is a lifeline for millions of Medicare beneficiaries by providing access to prescription drugs that were previously unaffordable. Access has directly lead to improved health outcomes, which ultimately saves money in other parts of Medicare by reducing doctor and hospital visits, preventing acute illness, and avoiding other costly health problems. All of these factors amply demonstrate that Part D is working well - for beneficiaries and the federal government.
I am concerned that changes to Medicare Part D in order to address the fiscal challenges of our country could have a negative impact on beneficiaries - both financially and in terms of health outcomes. Proposals such as increasing Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing, raising co-insurance and freezing income thresholds could prove detrimental.
Bottom line: Medicare Part D works for Americans, and I ask you to preserve the program in order to protect access to vital prescription drugs for those living with chronic diseases and disabilities.
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