As Public Comment Period Closes, Seniors Call for More Access to Medications, Informed Appeal Process

Seniors want doctors and pharmacists to decide what medications are to be covered under the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, not Medicare government officials and insurance company representatives, according to a survey released today by the Lupus Foundation of America in association with multiple patient and consumer organizations.

"Seniors want doctors and health care professionals to be the primary decision-makers regarding what drugs are covered and available to them, but the current draft of the CMS regulations and USP guidelines may dramatically limit doctors' prescription choices," said Suzanne Mintz, Executive Director, National Association of Caregivers.

The survey of 500 seniors conducted by Roper Public Affairs found that 70 percent of respondents trust doctors and pharmacists to determine which medications are covered under the new Medicare plan; only 19 percent trust Medicare government officials and only 14 percent trust insurance company representatives to make these decisions. CONTINUES……………www.seniorjournal

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