PRESS RELEASE (12/2/2013)- Ten years ago (December 8), the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) became law – providing seniors with access to a prescription drug benefit through Medicare for the first time. The law gave seniors the financial and health security that had been lacking under the program for 40 years.
Since then, the program has provided 90 percent of seniors on Medicare with prescription drugs while coming in 45 percent under budget, reducing costs elsewhere in the program by $1,200 per patient, and enjoying 90 percent approval rates among beneficiaries.
Former HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson – who led the legislative push for the Bush Administration to get MMA through Congress – is available for interviews to discuss:
- The success of the Medicare prescription drug benefit after 10 years
- What must be done to strengthen the prescription drug benefit, including the passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, which would allow Medicare coverage of obesity treatments.
- Health issues in the news, including the Affordable Care Act and the American Medical Association’s classifying obesity as a disease.
Thompson, who served as HHS Secretary from 2001-05, is the former four-term Governor of Wisconsin (1987-2001). He is widely known for his innovative solutions to difficult policy problems, including his international leadership in the fields of welfare reform, expanding educational opportunities for students, and providing health care to families who fell in the gap between Medicaid and private insurance.
Contact: Tony Jewell, 609-576-3800, firstname.lastname@example.org