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Prescription Drug Reform Something Both Political Parties Believe Is Needed

As the national discussion over how to control prescription drugs prices heats up, NCPSSM President & CEO Max Richtman sits down with CBS4’s Jim DeFede  in Miami to discuss the challenges facing seniors and some possible price control solutions. These include allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices directly with pharmaceutical manufacturers, allowing drug reimportation from Canada, and stopping “Pay-for-Delay” agreements that delay generics entering the market.

Despite tepid pleas from the Trump administration, Big Pharma hiked the prices of hundreds of medications at the beginning of the year.  According to Rep. Elijah Cummings’ office, some 94% of the most often prescribed brand-name drugs more than doubled in price between 2005 and 2017.

Meanwhile, the percentage of Medicare Part D beneficiaries who paid at least $2,000 out-of-pocket for prescriptions nearly doubled from 2011 to 2015.

Watch the full interview.

Protecting and Improving Social Security: Benefit Enhancements

My name is Max Richtman, and I am the President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Security and Medicare.  The National Committee is a grassroots advocacy and education organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening safety net programs, including Social Security and Medicare.  On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee, I want to thank you for holding this hearing on the importance of improving the benefits that Social Security provides. Continue reading…

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“President Trump’s 2020 budget proposal shortchanges seniors by slashing $845 billion from Medicare, cutting $25 billion from Social Security Disability Insurance, and gutting Medicaid by 1.5 trillion.  And, to push the heads of seniors further under water, the White House budget also proposes to eliminate federal grants that help pay for programs under the Older Americans Act, such as Meals on Wheels and home heating assistance for the elderly poor. Continue reading…

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