Efforts are underway right now to roll back critical reforms to the Medicare Part D donut hole, or coverage gap, that help reduce out-of-pocket costs for people with Medicare, especially those who face the highest prescription drug costs. We need your help!
Next year, the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA) will help ease the burden of high drug costs facing many people with Medicare by closing the Part D donut hole one year early and providing people in the coverage gap with a higher discount on their prescription drugs. This higher discount will allow beneficiaries to move through the donut hole more quickly, lowering their out-of-pocket costs and ensuring they can better access needed care.
Medicare Rights knows that prescription drug affordability is an ongoing challenge. Every day on our National Consumer Helpline, we hear from older adults and people with disabilities who are struggling to cover the costs of their medications.
Last week, a coalition of advocates, including Medicare Rights, AARP, Center for Medicare Advocacy, Justice in Aging, Alliance for Retired Americans, and Patients for Affordable Drugs Now, asked Congress to maintain the Medicare Part D donut hole reforms that were included in the BBA. We made it clear that these changes will provide tangible relief to millions of Americans.