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March 24, 2016

In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed an alteration of the Six Protected Classes rule, eliminating antidepressants and anti-psychotics from protected status. If enacted, this rule would have resulted in millions of patients losing access to needed medications. However, your advocacy stopped this harmful proposal in its tracks. Today, we need your help to do the same again.

A panel of congressional advisers known as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is considering a recommendation to once again put access to lifesaving medications at risk. The recommendation would strip mental health drugs of their protected status in Part D. This 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 for enrollees newly diagnosed with a mental health condition, the regulation could prevent them from accessing the most appropriate, clinically indicated medication selected by their provider.