Morning Consult: Medicare beneficiaries need and deserve real systemic change to lower out-of-pocket costs

By By Dan Klein, PAN President and CEO, and Amy Niles, PAN Executive Vice President

In late September, President Donald Trump announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would distribute $200 cards to 33 million Medicare beneficiaries over the next several weeks to help them afford their medicines.

It’s the wrong solution for a serious problem.

For years, America’s Medicare beneficiaries have been urging Congress to lower what they spend out-of-pocket on prescription medications at the pharmacy counter. PAN Foundation’s President and CEO Dan Klein and Executive Vice President Amy Niles co-authored this opinion piece, which was recently published in Morning Consult, discussing a better way to support Medicare beneficiaries through meaningful reforms.