Bioethics

JSPAN holds town meetings on "Fixing Medicare D"

On Thursday, October 26, the Jewish Social Policy Action Network held two town hall meetings on the problems with the Medicare Part D program and ways to fix the system. Tom Sneddon, the Director of PACE and PACENET since 1984, and Bruce Sigman, former president of the PA Pharmacists Association, were on hand for the events. The evening program, featuring Sneddon & Sigman, also had members from the Medicare advisory group Apprise on hand. Mr. Sneddon told the audience that Medicare Part D brought about a system that is dysfunctional. Currently, there is a large prescription drug coverage gap where seniors must pay 100% of the cost. Brian Gralnick, JSPAN Board member and moderator for the events, commented that this 'doughtnut hole' is "is so big Homer Simpson can't eat it." Pennsylvania is one of only a few states with a service like PACE, a totally income based service that provides drug benefits to seniors who do not qualify for Medicaid. The complaints with the Medicare Part D system are threefold:
  1. confusion on which plan to take;
  2. seniors not knowing there was a deductible;
  3. the prescription drug coverage gap, known as the "doughnut hole."

JSPAN Presents: "Fixing Medicare Part D" on October 26th

Last week, the average Medicare Part D beneficiary fell into the coverage gap, or "doughnut hole" of the prescription drug benefit. Nearly 7 million Americans will suddenly face the full share of their costs this year. A plethora of national advocacy organizations are calling for improvements in the Medicare Modernization Act which brought us Part D. On October 26 JSPAN will present a special program designed to enlighten us on the problems inherent in the present system and to help us find solutions. You have two opportunities to attend:
  • 11 AM at The Philadelphian (2401 Pennsylvania Ave, Philadelphia)
  • 8 PM at Congregation Adath Jeshurun (7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park)

The Problems with the Medicare Drug Program - and How to Fix Them

This video comes courtesy of Families USA a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. JSPAN is a part of Pennsylvanians United to Fix Part D, a coalition of organizations committed to fixing or improving the Medicare Part D coverage gap. As it now stands, millions of seniors are on the verge or have already fallen into the "donught hole," a gap in the coverage Medicare Part D provides on perscription drugs.
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