***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 AT 2 PM ET***
Inflation Reduction Act Caps Insulin Costs, Expands Access to Life-Saving Vaccines, and Delivers Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Seniors
Lansing, MI — On Wednesday, June 28, at 2 PM ET, Dr. Meena Seshamani, the Deputy Administrator & Director, Center for Medicare, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will join Protect Our Care Michigan and Michigan health care advocates to highlight how seniors in Michigan and across the country are saving on insulin costs, prescription drugs, and life-saving vaccines thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act.
The Inflation Reduction Act is lowering costs and improving health care for millions of Americans, with many critical provisions that provide savings for Medicare beneficiaries. Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, insulin copays are capped at $35 per month for more than 3 million diabetics covered by Medicare, including tens of thousands of Michiganders. Additionally, all adults on Medicare Part D have access to covered vaccines, such as shingles and Tdap, at no cost. These policies alone will save seniors in Michigan and across the country hundreds of dollars on their health care costs, keep millions of people healthy, and prevent dangerous complications associated with diabetes, shingles, and other serious diseases.
Speakers will discuss how these provisions are keeping costs low for Michiganders, discuss additional savings to come, and highlight how seniors in the state can access these benefits. The event comes as the Biden administration works to implement the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Program. By early July, final guidance will be released laying out the rules of the road for how Medicare will select and negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs. The list of the first ten drugs selected for negotiation will be announced by Sept. 1, 2023. With Medicare negotiation for prescription drug prices, the era of Big Pharma being in the driver’s seat is coming to an end.
Dr. Meena Seshamani, the Deputy Administrator & Director, Center for Medicare, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Linda Hamacher, Michigan senior benefitting from the Inflation Reduction Act
Eric Schneidewind, former AARP national president and Michigan health care advocate
WHAT: Virtual Press Conference
WHERE: Register to join the Zoom event (Registration required)
WHEN: Wednesday, June 28, at 2 PM ET