FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications
Deputy Director of Communications
October 29, 2009
Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on the Introduction of the Affordable Health Care for America Act in the U.S. House of Representatives
New York, NY—The health reform bill builds on the Medicare improvements included in earlier versions of this legislation introduced into the House of Representatives. It would start the phase-out of the doughnut hole—the gap in Medicare drug coverage that imposes the full cost of prescription drugs on older adults and people with disabilities—next year and complete it by 2019. That will mean hundreds of dollars in savings for people struggling to afford their medicine on fixed incomes. This important benefit improvement is enacted in a fiscally responsible way—by securing lower drug prices from pharmaceutical manufacturers and giving Medicare the power to negotiate for even lower drug prices. That is a commonsense reform that is supported by the overwhelming majority of people with Medicare.
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