Washington, DC (July 26, 2017) – The following statement addresses the recent Democratic Economic Proposal and can be attributed to Amy Porter, Executive Director & CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation:
“We are deeply concerned that legislators continue to propose harmful changes to the essential Medicare Part D program despite clear evidence that the program is working. Private negotiations within the Part D marketplace keep cost low for beneficiaries and help reduce total Medicare spending. Senators and Representatives should oppose proposals like the one included in the ‘Better Deal’ or any amendment offered during the debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act that would result in the repeal of the non-interference clause of the Medicare Part D statute.
Furthermore, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has stated multiple times that government negotiation would produce negligible savings unless the government also chooses to limit the availability of certain prescription drugs.
To protect access to affordable, quality care for the 57 million patients who rely on Medicare, we urge Congress to oppose any legislative attempts that would undermine the Part D program and restrict patient access to life-saving medications.”
About the National Osteoporosis Foundation
Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation is the nation’s leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, promoting strong bones for life and reducing human suffering through programs of awareness, education, advocacy and research. For more information on the National Osteoporosis Foundation, visit www.bonehealthandosteoporosis.org.