Press Release             

Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications

Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications

July 23, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on New Proposals to Improve Medicare Drug Coverage in Health Reform Legislation

New York, NY – Health reform legislation now before the House Energy and Commerce Committee would provide much-needed help to older adults and people with disabilities who face skyrocketing drug costs. The bill phases out the coverage gap, or “doughnut hole,” in the Medicare drug benefit over time and pays for it by securing lower prices for drugs covered under the benefit. The bill also provides short-term assistance by mandating 50 percent discounts from brand-name drug manufacturers during the coverage gap. The two provisions go hand in hand; both should be included in any final bill.

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Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives.


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