Media AdvisoryFor March 27, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications
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.
- Dr. Gerard Anderson, Director, Center for Hospital Finance and Management, and Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
- John Dicken, Director, Health Care, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C.
- Greg Hamilton, pharmaceutical industry expert, Algonquin, IL
- Willafay McKenna, Medicare Part D beneficiary, Williamsburg, VA
- John Calfee, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.
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