The National Council for Behavioral Health is an organization devoted to building strong communities through behavioral health advocacy. Today, they are asking for help in convincing the Senate to preserve patient’s access to mental health medication. A new regulation proposed to Medicare could leave many consumers without access to a range of medications they need to be healthy.
Read on for the full story and ask your Senator to preserve access to behavioral health medications through Medicare:
From the National Council:
Americans living with a mental health condition could lose access to lifesaving medications under a new proposed Medicare regulation. The regulation would strip these drugs of protected status in Medicare Part D, leaving many consumers without access to the full range of needed medications.
Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are leading an effort in Congress urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reverse course. They are circulating a letter asking CMS to preserve its current protected classes policy – a policy that has worked well for the millions of Americans with mental health conditions who receive prescription drug coverage through Part D.
Will you support this effort by asking your Senator to sign the letter? We’ve drafted a message for you to use – it just takes a few simple clicks.
If this regulation goes into effect, it could result in only a handful of drug options for Medicare beneficiaries and people who are dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. Patients who have been stabilized for years on a drug regimen could be forced to switch their meds – resulting in health setbacks, hospitalizations, or worse. And providers and medical staff would be forced to spend more time requesting exceptions and completing prior authorization requests.
Please join me in asking Congress to put a stop to this harmful regulation! The deadline for signatures is February 4.
Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Practice Improvement
National Council for Behavioral Health