Friday, October 16, 2009

Support Affordable Access to Prescription Medications

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.

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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have been on disablity now for almost nine years from Fibromyalgia,and found out in Sept. of this year (09)that I have primary progessive MS. I have medicaid and am currently on copaxone. I pray that medicare and medicaid will not be cut off from people, because we truly need it. I do want to say this though; THERE is a medicine out there called Naltrexone. It has to come from a pharmacy that does compounds. I'm going to search hard to find me a doctor that will prescribe it for me. It has very little side effects, like not being able to fall asleep. I can live with that! Dr. Bihara from Florida is using this for chronic fatigue syndrome, Aids, MS, Fibromyalgia and more to name a few. It is FDA approved, so I pray that we can find a health care provider to let us try it, and be able to go into remission. That would be very wonderful.