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Demand Your Senators Include Medicare Negotiations and Expansion in Recovery

The House is preparing to vote on their version of the Build Back Better Act, which includes essential provisions to expand Medicare benefits and lower prescription drug prices by allowing Medicare to negotiate them. But we aren’t in the clear yet.

The package does not include some of our key priorities, like:

  • A swift phase-in for dental benefits (currently makes seniors wait until 2028!)
  • No co-pays for dental benefits (currently requires seniors to pay 90% of major dental treatments the first year and then a heafty 50% after)
  • Lowering the Medicare eligibility age
  • Out-of-pocket cap

We need to make sure the Senate includes these critical improvements in its package and does not weaken healthcare reforms in the House package. Specifically, we know that Chairman Wyden has said he will not be including the House version of the reforms to lower drug prices; this is not good!

We need the strongest drug pricing provisions of the House bill to remain intact in order to generate a substantial amount of savings to reinvest in all of our recovery priorities! The Senate package must:

  1. Allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, using the price other wealthy countries pay for the same drugs as a benchmark
  2. Ensure low cost prescription drugs are available to everyone
  3. Include strong inflation protections & negotiation enforcement, like tax penalties

Healthcare is a crucial part of recovery, but it isn’t the only priority we are fighting to win.

Much like we saw in the fight for the American Rescue Plan, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) has determined their priorities to win a robust recovery. In addition to healthcare, Indivisible is supporting 6 other critical priorities:

  • Pathway to Citizenship
  • Dramatically Lower Drug Prices & Use Savings to Pay for Public Health Expansion
  • Investments in Climate
  • Investments in the Care Economy
  • Investments in Housing
  • Increase the overall size of Recovery

For a more in depth analysis read our Recovery Priorities Resource.

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Tell Your Senators to Include Medicare Negotiations and Expansion in Recovery

Hello, I’m a constituent from [state] and I believe any recovery package must include lowering prescription drug prices and expanding the Medicare program. Will [Senator]:

  • Fight to include in recovery allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, using the price other wealthy countries pay for the same drugs as a benchmark? As well as:
    • Ensuring low cost prescription drugs are available to everyone
    • Including strong inflation protections & negotiation enforcement, like tax penalties?

Will [Senator] fight to include:

  • Swiftly phasing-in expanded Medicare benefits including comprehensive coverage of hearing, dental, and vision services, without copays? As well as:
    • Lowering the eligibility age of Medicare to at least 60, and
    • Capping out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries?

Additionally, the overall size of recovery must not be whittled down. We need robust investments in order to include a pathway to citizenship, make historic investments in affordable housing, green jobs, the care economy, and to combat climate change.

Will [Senator] support these policy priorities?

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