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U.S. Representative Val Demings

Representing the 10th District of Florida

Representative Val Demings First Act in Congress is to Protect Seniors from High Priced Prescription Drugs

January 12, 2017
In The News


WASHINGTON, D.C.--Representative Val Demings', Florida's 10th Congressional District, first action in Congress is to protect access to affordable prescription drugs for Seniors. Rep. Demings made a motion to recommit on Bill H.5 on the House Floor Wednesday.

The motion would have protected Medicaid Enrollees in the Medicaid Part D Prescription Programfrom being forced to pay full price for prescription drugs after they reached their threshold. The donut hole is being phased out as a part of ACA, and has already lead to $23.5 billion in savings for Seniors.  

"I urge my colleagues to think about the effects that reopening the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage donut hole would have on Seniors," said Representative Val Demings.

"We must do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable seniors. They shouldn't have to decide between buying groceries and buying prescription drugs, and rolling back this donut hole would force them to do that."

Passed with the ACA, the donut hole would be phased out completely by 2020 so Seniors would not be burdened with full-priced prescription drugs.