July 15, 2008
President Bush today vetoed a major package of Medicare reforms. The House and Senate are expected to vote on overriding the veto later this week. This Medicare package (HR 6331) contains critical protections and improvements for beneficiaries living with mental illness and represents an historic opportunity to address long overdue reforms.
Contact Congress today and urge them to
Remind your Senators and House members of the critical beneficiary protections and improvements in HR 6331, including:
As part of its justification for vetoing the Medicare package, the Administration has singled out a provision codifying existing policy that requires Part D prescription drug plans to include "all or substantially all" of the medications in six protected therapeutic classes, including anti-psychotics, antidepressants and anti-convulsants. Advocates are urged to mention the importance of this provision when contacting their Senators and House member.
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