Dr. Berwick will likely stay on message, according to a pre-released copy of his remarks, published in The Hill today. The focus of his presentation will likely be the great benefits of the 8-month-old reform law, called the Affordable Care Act. Here are some examples he cites:
Helping Medicare beneficiaries maintain access to life-saving medicines:
As a result of new provisions in the Affordable Care Act, people with Medicare are receiving immediate relief from the cost of their prescription medications. To date, 1.8 million seniors and people with disabilities who have incurred high prescription drug costs have received immediate help through a tax-free $250 rebate check to help reimburse them for out-of-pocket costs in the Part D prescription drug coverage gap known as the ―donut hole.‖ In addition, every year, people with Medicare Part D will pay less for their prescription drug costs in the coverage gap. Beginning in 2011, eligible Medicare beneficiaries will get a 50 percent discount on brand name prescription drugs in the coverage gap. By 2020, we will have closed the donut hole.
Making Medicare strong:
The Affordable Care Act contains many cost-saving provisions that will make the Medicare program more accountable and efficient, Continue reading