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The House
and the Senate have passed flawed Medicare prescription drug bills: they
do not provide guaranteed affordable drug coverage; they fail to rein
in prescription drug expenditures; and the benefit (if available) will
be skimpy.

Background:

The
bills would rely on the participation of private insurance plans,
and the House bill would eventually
put Medicare in the hands of unreliable private companies, driving
up the premiums for those who prefer to remain in traditional
fee-for-service Medicare.

The rapid
growth in prescription drug expenditures, combined with modest
Medicare prescription drug benefit in the legislation
under consideration, create a troubling reality for Medicare beneficiaries:
if prescription drug expenditures continue to increase at the pace
that they have increased for the past five years, many Medicare beneficiaries
will find that their out-of-pocket costs in the year 2007 are actually
higher than they are today, even though they have "coverage."


Congress should
consider steps to ensure that the prescription drug marketplace
better serves all consumers – not only those fortunate enough
to have prescription
drug coverage or the means to pay the high prices charged for medicines
that can save lives and dramatically improve the quality of life.

Congress
must shape options this year and in future years that will allow
all consumers to afford the
medications
that they desperately need.

 

 

 

 

Medicare News:

Congress
Should Help Consumers Pay Fair Prices For Prescription Drugs

CU’s
Press Release On Need To Rein In Spiraling Prescription Drug
Costs

CU’s
Testimony On The Need To Curb Prescription Drug Costs

Letter
regarding why Congress should Reject Privatization of Medicare
and Enact Prescription Drug Legislation that Benefits Consumers

CU
Statement Expressing Disappointment with the Medicare Prescription
Drug Bills

CU
urges Members of the House to reject HR2473, a seriously flawed
bill that would privatize Medicare

CU
urged Senators to redouble their efforts to improve S. 1, to
fix its many flaws.

Other Resources:

CU’s
report, Skimpy
Benefits and Unchecked Expenditures: Medicare Prescription
Drug Bills Fail to Offer Adequate Protection for Seniors and
People with Disabilities
describes how consumers
will fare under the House and the Senate bills.