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Administration Backs Off of Proposed Medicare Prescription Drug Changes

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Administration Backs Off of Proposed Medicare Prescription Drug Changes

March 20, 2014

The changes to the Medicare prescription program that have been proposed last month have been abandoned by the Obama administration. (See WICS article "CMS Proposes Rule to Change Status of Some Drugs Under Medicare Part D", February 25, 2014.) The announcement came as a result of strong opposition to the changes, which would have removed antidepressants, antipsychotics, and some immunosuppressants from the list of protected classes that Medicare recipients are guaranteed access to under Medicare Part D. In a letter sent to lawmakers, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said that the administration is "committed to continuing to work with Congress to continue to ensure that Parts C and D work best for Medicare beneficiaries", though they have decided not to "finalize the proposed rules at this time."