Letter to Executive Director Mark Miller

Dear Mr. Miller:

Is the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee’s (MedPAC) recent draft recommendation removing two classes of medication – antidepressants and immunosuppressants – from the Six Protected Classes under the Medicare Part D program?

Removing these two drug classes would violate the longstanding policy of ensuring that patients have access to the full range of life-saving and life-enhancing medications and restrict a physician’s ability to prescribe a regimen that is both effective and considerate of the challenges that co-morbidities and medication interactions can pose.

I urge you to reconsider removing both antidepressants and immunosuppressants from the Six Protected Classes, and to instead enshrine the protection of all six classes as a pillar of the Medicare program going forward. PROTECT the protected classes!

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Powers, AAS

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