Senator Gordon Smith (OR) Pens Op-Ed on Six Protected Classes

In response to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) recommendation to remove two protected classes from Medicare Part D, former Senator Gordon Smith (OR), key architect...

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Seniors know that when they have a life-changing illness like cancer, epilepsy, HIV, organ transplant or mental illness, they are entitled to receive the medication determined best by their physician. However, in the wake of the Administration’s effort earlier this year to reduce the number of protected classes, this vital patient protection is now in jeopardy. The Partnership for Part D Access seeks congressional support for protecting Medicare beneficiaries’ access to their recommended medications. Patient choice and access to medications under the Medicare Part D program is essential to providing quality healthcare and must continue to be guaranteed under the Medicare Six Protected Classes policy.

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