June 23, 2008
On June 24, the House is expected to vote on a package of reforms to the Medicare program, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (HR 6331). The bill addresses the discriminatory 50% cost sharing requirement for outpatient mental illness treatment, gradually lowering it to 20% as required for all other medical treatment. The improvements also include reforming the Medicare Part D benefit by restoring Part D coverage for benzodiazepines, and ensuring that prescription drug plans must maintain broad access on their formularies to medications to treat serious mental illness – including antipsychotics, antidepressants and anticonvulsants.
Call or email Congress today! Urge your House member to support HR 6331 – the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. All House offices can be reached by calling 202-225-3121.
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