Partnership for Plan D Update

Partnership for Plan D Update

Part D Partnership Meeting

September 9, 2015


The Partnership for Part D Access (Partnership) held a monthly call on September 9, 2015.  A list of attendees is provided below.


Post-Recess Update


In a call of the Partnership for Part D Access, Alex DelPizzo provided an overview of the Partnership’s strategy for this fall’s legislative session. He noted that while September is due to be a difficult month, legislative vehicles for healthcare are likely to be set in motion. Alex cited a conversation his colleague, Rich White, had with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on the likelihood of a bill addressing the Medicare Part B premium issue coming out of the Committee, and concluded that such a bill could eventually be signed into law.


Alex continued by highlighting the importance of being “positioned to take advantage” of legislative vehicles in the fall. He noted that the most effective way of doing so is to ensure that the Medicare Formulary Improvement Act (S. 648) receives a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Alex asserted that while he did not anticipate that the bill would receive a score that would increase the budget deficit, the measure would remain difficult to attach to legislative vehicles until the scoring process is finalized.  


Efforts to Push CBO Scoring Process


Alex noted that he had spoken with staff members from various Senate offices, including Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), and that some had been actively pushing the CBO to release its report on S. 648. He added that there was more that the Partnership could do to push Hatch’s office to engage with the CBO and ensure that a score is produced quickly. Alex then passed the discussion to Andy Rosenberg for more details on the specifics of the strategy to generate pressure on the CBO to issue a score.


Andy argued that the Partnership needs to bring constituent attention to the issue. He identified four offices—Hatch, Wyden, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)—that should be targeted for letters and constituent outreach. He asked Partnership members to reach out to their affiliates and other thought leaders in those states (Utah, Oregon, Iowa, and Ohio) to possibly write letters to the senators’ offices. Representatives from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), American Psychiatric Association, and the National Council all suggested that they would aid in producing letters.   


Meeting Participants


  • Lisa Stand, AIDS Institute
  • Eric Rasmussen, Sunovion
  • Jeffrey Regan, American Psychiatric Association
  • Rebecca Farley, National Council on Behavioral Health
  • Phyllis Foxworth, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
  • Chuck Ingoglia, National Council on Behavioral Health
  • Bea Duque Long, Epilepsy Foundation
  • Jim Gleason, Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO)
  • Brian Connell, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Andy Rosenberg, Thorn Run Partners
  • Alex DelPizzo, Thorn Run Partners
  • Jessie Brairton, Thorn Run Partners
  • Shea McCarthy, Thorn Run Partners