The undersigned members of the MAPRx Coalition wrote in support of legislation, S.2911, the Seniors Prescription Drug Relief Act of 2019.
The Seniors Prescription Drug Relief Act would provide a much-needed “smoothing” mechanism for Medicare beneficiaries to spread payment for Part D out-of-pocket costs across the calendar year, rather than requiring payment at one time as under current law. Under the current benefit design, patients with high upfront costs choose to forego their prescribed medication because the out-of-pocket cost is unaffordable. High out-of-pocket costs often result in beneficiaries not adhering to their prescribed course of treatment or forgoing treatments altogether, resulting in poor health outcomes and higher health care costs.
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