Action Alert: Part D Means Do It!
Call D.C. Now Toll-Free at 800-614-2803 to Urge Your Senators to Fight for HIV Protections in the SCHIP-Medicare Bill
September 14, 2007
Last month the House of Representatives passed a bill to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program. This bill, the Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007 (CHAMP), also includes critical patient protections for the Medicare prescription drug program.
Specifically, the House-passed bill includes two provisions that would improve access to lifesaving medications for Medicare beneficiaries with HIV/AIDS -- at no or little cost to the federal government. The measure allows costs paid by AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) and the Indian Health Service for Medicare Part D beneficiaries to count toward the annual out-of-pocket cost threshold under Part D and requires Medicare Part D prescription drug plans cover classes of drugs critical to the treatment of HIV/AIDS, mental illnesses, cancer, epilepsy, autoimmune diseases and organ transplants.
The Senate bill does not include these protections and the Senate leadership and Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have not committed to include these important provisions in any future negotiations.
Please help make sure that these essential Medicare improvements become law. Take a few minutes to call both your Senators to let them know that these provisions are important to people living with HIV/AIDS, and to ask them to fight for the inclusion of our low-cost Medicare provisions in the final SCHIP bill.
If you need to find out who represents you, check out www.congress.org.
Talking points on why these Medicare Provisions are so critical:
Thanks to the HIV Medicaid/Medicare Working Group for this important action alert.
This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.