An article in Inside Health Policy reports that seven senior groups are lobbying both Congress and CMS to retain rules that make plans cover all drugs in Medicare’s six protected classes. The article — citing a report by the Alliance for Aging Research, Caregiver Action Network, Caregiver Voices United, HealthyWomen, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, and RetireSafe — notes that the six protected classes policy has been a safety net for some of the most medically fragile and vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries. “These requirements safeguard beneficiary access to treatment options and offer protection against plan designs that could discriminate by discouraging enrollment of people relying on protected classes of medicines,” the report states.
The article in its entirety can be read below.
Seniors Groups Warn Against Weakening Part D Beneficiary Protections