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Friday, October 16, 2009

HELP to Support Affordable Access to Prescription Medications

I received this message from the National MS Society:

On Tuesday, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4) introduced a bill that improves prescription drug coverage, under both public (Medicare Part D) and private plans. The legislation is titled the Affordable Access to Prescription Medications Act of 2009 (H.R. 3799). This is companion legislation to S.1630 that was introduced by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).


People with multiple sclerosis could save thousands of dollars a year on their disease modifying therapies through this reform. The measure would cap monthly out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs at $200 per prescription, or $500 per month for those taking more than one medication.


Take Action!
Click here to send a quick e-mail to your Representative asking them to co-sign H.R. 3799.


Background
The Affordable Access to Prescription Medications Act of 2009 (S. 1630) was first introduced by Senator Rockefeller on August 6. This legislation serves to protect individuals from high out-of-pocket costs on prescription drugs.


People living with MS and other chronic diseases or disabilities can benefit from this bill by lowering their out-of-pocket costs. All public and private insurance plans, including Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, would be addressed in this legislation.


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