On Friday, November 16, AARP Iowa hosted a tele-town hall about Medicare changes for 2019, including new Medicare cards. The conversation was led by experts from the Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program ( SHIIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol in Des Moines, Kris Gross and Patty Price. The hour-long call addressed questions and issues specific to those who are either enrolled in Medicare or know someone who is.
AARP North Carolina is encouraging all seniors to review their Medicare health and prescription coverage during this year’s Medicare Open Enrollment period—October 15th through December 7th—and compare plans to see if there is a plan that better suits their health needs for 2019. Some people may be able to reduce their prescription drug costs substantially by switching to a different Part D plan.
Right now, PhRMA is trying to convince Congress to rescind a provision of the bipartisan budget agreement that lowers drug costs for seniors struggling to afford their medicine.
Congress did a good thing earlier this year when it passed a law that helps millions of seniors save money on prescription drugs. But now lobbyists for big drug companies are working overtime to persuade lawmakers to renege on the deal.
When retired Air Force officer Sam Wood of Durham learned that the pharmaceutical industry was pushing back on a federal attempt to close the Medicare Part D donut hole, he took action. Like thousands of other AARP advocates, he called his members of Congress urging them to close the coverage gap. Wood manages his heart condition with several prescriptions and is worried about the future affordability of the medications his doctors prescribe. Thankfully, with your urging, he can rest a bit easier due to a spending bill Congress passed – and President Trump signed –that includes a number of positive provisions for older Americans and AARP’s priorities.
Thanks to the great work of AARP advocates, the Bipartisan Budget Act signed last week by President Trump, includes several important wins when it comes to controlling our health care costs. Without your help to repeal caps to physical, occupational and speech therapies, seniors would have been forced to pay out of pocket for these services.
a ARP Florida issued the following statement today after President Trump signed into law a multi-faceted bipartisan budget reconciliation bill that, among many other features, closes the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan “donut hole.” A year early The bill also avoids costly caps on Medicare payments for some kinds of medical therapies.
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