The National Medical Association urges members of Congress to cosign the letter that Representatives Robin Kelly and Brad Schneider are currently circulating on recent changes coming to the Medicare Part D program. Medicare Part D is a vital program providing access to medications for millions of seniors. Changes recently made by Congress to the donut hole and an upcoming “cliff” have the potential to significantly impact seniors relying on this program. Starting January 1, 2020, seniors in the donut hole will face an immediate $1,500 increase in out-of-pocket costs in order to reach the catastrophic phase of the benefit if Congress doesn’t act.
As the letter states, “Congress should work this year to address the Medicare Part D donut hole cliff to avoid this significant and sudden increase in seniors’ out-of-pocket costs in 2020, and restore the reasonable balance of cost-sharing liability within the donut hole.” Seniors rely on Part D to provide access to important therapies; therapies that treat chronic diseases and complex medical conditions that extend life and prevent hospitalizations. We encourage members to cosign the letter and urge Speaker Ryan and Democratic Leader Pelosi to address these major changes to the important Part D program.