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Secretary Azar: Leave Our Medicare Benefits Alone
Dear Secretary Azar,
As a patient advocate, living with metastatic breast cancer; I am outraged the Department of Health and Human Services has proposed specific changes to Medicare's Part D 'six protected classes'. These specific changes will delay lifesaving medications for millions of patients like myself, will increase medical costs and greatly hinder access to quality care. I urge you to consider all of the patients with whom these changes will directly impact.
The current policy set forth in Medicare's Part D was first established in 2016. Under that policy, the Part D plan is required to substantially, if not FULLY cover the following classes of medications: antiretrovirals; immunosuppressants when used for organ rejection; anti-depressants; antipsychotics; anti-convulsants; and medications for cancer. This gives Medicare beneficiaries access to cutting edge, lifesaving medication swiftly and without delay.
I will be on medication for the rest of my life. If you allow this to happen, and I am not able to access the next medication necessary to prolong my life, I will die,
I urge you not to alter Medicare's Part D "six protected classes" in the proposed manner and to instead be a champion for the lives of cancer patients. DO NOT restrict patient access to necessary, life-saving treatment.
News & Updates
- METUP Statement RE: Komen Florida February 22, 2019
- Accommodations the week of October 8 September 4, 2018
- METUP Represents at LBBC Conference on Metastic Breast Cancer May 14, 2018
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