Ask Your Senator to Preserve Patients’ Access to Mental Health Medications

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL – Action Alert

Pills and a medication bottleAmericans living with a mental health condition could lose access to lifesaving medications under a new proposed Medicare regulation. The regulation would strip these drugs of protected status in Medicare Part D, leaving many consumers without access to the full range of needed medications.

Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are leading an effort in Congress urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reverse course. They are circulating a letter asking CMS to preserve its current protected classes policy – a policy that has worked well for the millions of Americans with mental health conditions who receive prescription drug coverage through Part D.

If this regulation goes into effect, it could result in only a handful of drug options for Medicare beneficiaries and people who are dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. Patients who have been stabilized for years on a drug regimen could be forced to switch their meds – resulting in health setbacks, hospitalizations, or worse. And providers and medical staff would be forced to spend more time requesting exceptions and completing prior authorization requests.

Will you support this effort by asking your U.S. Senator to sign the letter? Follow the link to send a short note to your Senators today.  http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/policy-action/take-action/

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