News Release

“Medicare’s preliminary decision to limit Part B coverage for the Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm is good news for beneficiaries. The drug, originally priced at $56,000 per year, contributed to the largest Part B premium increase in recent history, a whopping $21 per month for 2022. Restricting coverage to patients in clinical trials is sound policy, given concerns about Aduhelm’s efficacy and side effects — and will significantly lower Medicare’ costs.  This should clear the way for the Biden administration to reduce the 2022 premium increase, which we strongly urged in a letter to the President in December. We are encouraged that HHS Secretary Becerra has now ordered a reassessment of the premium hike. Seniors on fixed incomes should not have to subsidize a questionably effective new drug, grossly overpriced by Big Pharma.” – Max Richtman, President and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare


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