Medicare Part D is supposed to help seniors manage the cost of their prescriptions. But too many of the most vulnerable seniors on Medicare – those with life-threatening conditions like cancer, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis – are facing extreme co-pays because their medication falls onto a "specialty tier."
The Part D Beneficiary Appeals Fairness Act is a promising bi-partisan bill that would allow patients a chance to appeal this "specialty tiers" designation, giving seniors battling cancer and other chronic illnesses a way to get the medications they need without going bankrupt.
Devastatingly high out-of-pocket costs can make it impossible for cancer patients to afford their treatments. The Patients' Access to Treatments Act will change that and ensure that more people can get the treatment they need. Stand with cancer patients across the country today by sending a letter to Congress!
Cancer research is critical for developing new treatments and saving more patients' lives. But accounting for inflation, federal funding has dropped 24 percent since 2003. It's up to us to bring it back - tell Congress to restore funding for cancer research!