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Larson: American Seniors Need a Prescription for Change

Location: Washington, DC


Democratic plan would fix flaws in Medicare prescription drug program

U.S. Representative John B. Larson (CT-1) joined House Democrats this week to introduce a "Prescription for Change" to address the flaws in the Medicare prescription drug benefit, otherwise known as Medicare Part D. Several provisions are based on legislation introduced by Larson.

"Its time for Medicare to offer a prescription drug benefit that is simple, affordable, and reliable," stated Larson. "Our seniors shouldn't have to worry about 44 different plans, donut holes, and deadlines. We're turning them into refugees from their own healthcare system. These Democratic proposals would lower drug prices for seniors and give them peace of mind."

Larson has been a leading proponent in the House for allowing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies to achieve discounts for Medicare beneficiaries. He has also introduced the Medicare Prescription Drug Flexibility for Seniors Act (H.R. 4410) to extend the initial enrollment period by 2 years, allow beneficiaries to change Medicare drug plans if the plan sponsor alters its formulary, and penalizes retirement health plans that provide misleading information about their coverage.

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