The Presidential election season is once again upon us. The Affordable Care Act deals with some Medicare issues, but some key ones are not addressed. Pharmaceutical costs and long-term care are two of them. Here is a question you can ask!
Why can’t Medicare negotiate rates with pharmaceutical companies, but Medicaid and the VA can?
A Story: Congressman Billy Tauzin led the Medicare Part D legislation that added prescription drug benefits to Medicare. Medicare Part D, however, prohibits Medicare from direct rate negotiations with pharmaceutical companies. It leaves rate negotiation to individual Medicare supplemental insurance policies with less negotiating power and leverage because of their smaller size.
Medicare Part D legislation passed in 2003 and became effective in 2006. In 2005 Billy Tauzin was named CEO of PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) the professional and lobbying organization for the pharmaceutical industry. Tauzin led PhRMA from 2005-2010. www.phrma.org
As candidates hit the campaign trail ask them why Medicare can’t negotiate rates, but Medicaid and the VA can?
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Story Background Information and Sources:
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