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Medicare prescription cuts averted

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Another stunning blow to the healthcare of Americans was averted when the administration dropped its opposition to proposed changes in Medicare’s prescription program.

Fox News reports that the changes would have removed the protective status of three classes of drugs that guaranteed access for seniors. The classes included antipsychotics, antidepressants, and immunosuppressants to prevent rejection of transplanted organs.

In a search for money to fund Obamacare, the government sought to save $729 million from Medicare in the next five years. The changes raised controversy among seniors but their representative groups, including the National Kidney Foundation and the National Alliiance on Mental Illness, fought back.

Marilyn Tavernner, Medicare Administrator, informed Congress in a letter that the administration would no longer pursue the changes.

The letter said nothing about future administration efforts to save money on sick seniors to fund healthy youth.



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