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Protect Our Medicare Part D

Protect Medicare Part D, Protect People Living with HIV

The Trump Administration has proposed new changes to the Medicare Part D program that threaten to take away access to healthcare for people living with HIV who rely on program for their essential, life-saving medications. This risks rolling back the clock on our progress to end the nation’s HIV epidemic. 

The new rule would eliminate essential protections afforded to six classes of drugs in Medicare Part D plans. Referred to as the six protected classes, these protections were created to ensure enrollees living with serious, chronic and – in the case of HIV — infectious health conditions could directly access any treatment that their doctor believes will best treat their condition,  without interference from insurance companies. This has helped save and improve countless lives. 
 
The Trump Administration claims that this proposal is designed to bring drug costs down, but evidence suggests that it would actually raise them. A recent study found that restricting access to HIV treatment regimens creates higher costs overall due to increased medical costs later. Access to these treatments is literally a matter of life and death.  

Everyone can agree that drug pricing is an issue that needs to be addressed, but we cannot sacrifice access to essential treatments in the process, especially for our nation’s most vulnerable populations. 

If implemented, the proposed rule would give insurance companies tremendous power to restrict people’s access to life-saving HIV medicines. It would give them the authority to come between patients and their doctors, letting them determine what treatment plans are available for people living with HIV.  The rule would permit insurers to require prior authorization and step therapy — strategies for reducing drug utilization that we know are both bad health care and dangerous for both patients and public  health. We’ve seen what happens when insurers have this kind of power – people lose access to the treatments they need. And people die.
 
Medicare Part D protects access to new and improved HIV treatments for anyone enrolled in Part D plans, ensuring that enrollees living with HIV can always access the treatment their doctor deems best for them. These protections save lives and have helped put us on a path toward ending the domestic HIV epidemic. 

We need to stop this dangerous policy.


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In the News

The Hill: Trump’s Medicare rule change threatens to reignite AIDS epidemic

San Francisco AIDS Foundation: Allowing Insurers to Dictate Therapies Harms People Living with HIV

STAT: HIV care is threatened by proposed changes to Medicare Part D

The Charlotte Observer: Trump administration proposal threatens HIV patients

New York Times: Trump Pledged to End H.I.V. But His Policies Veer the Other Way

The Detroit News Opinion: Threats to Medicare continue in 2019

POLITICO Pulse: How HHS is navigating the minefield facing HIV plan

Modern Healthcare: Trump's call to end HIV epidemic hindered by his administration's policies

Daily News: Want to end HIV/AIDS, President Trump? Look to New York, and stop undermining access to care

Associated Press: Trump launching campaign to end HIV epidemic in US by 2030

Roll Call: Trump could be his own biggest obstacle on HIV/AIDS plan

Daily Beast: State of The Union: Trump's Bold AIDS Plan May Be Undermined By His Anti-LGBT Agenda

CBS News: Trump promises to "defeat AIDS," but his track record leaves critics skeptical

Associated Press: Trump launching campaign to end HIV epidemic in US by 2030

Evening Standard: State of the Union highlights 2019: five key points to take from Donald Trump's speech

HuffPost: Trump Makes Big HIV Promises In State Of The Union Despite Poor Track Record

Morning Consult: Opinion: We’ve Seen the Height of the HIV Epidemic. We Can’t Let Trump Take Us Back

Dallas Voice: Opinion: First, do no harm 

The Sun Sentinel: Florida cannot afford empty promises to end HIV

The Miami Herald: Trump wants to end HIV transmission by 2030. He should withdraw proposal that undercuts treatment.

Washington Blade: The struggle to maintain access to lifesaving HIV meds

BLAVITY: Trump’s Plan To Change Medicare Part D Is A Major Setback In The Black Community’s Fight Against HIV

LA Sentinel: Californians are at Risk with Donald Trump's Rollbacks to Smart HIV Policies



 

     

     

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