Statement by Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Health Alliance on the Introduction of the Medicare Prescription Drug Assistance Equity Act | News


WASHINGTON, March 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the huge gaps that exist in access to health services and that the health of each of us is inexorably linked to one another. the health and well-being of all Americans,” said Jane L. DelgadoPhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, in announcing the Alliance’s support for the law.

The Territories Medicare Prescription Drug Assistance Equity Act, introduced today by Senator Robert Mendez (D-NJ), would amend the Social Security Act to make Porto Rico Medicare beneficiaries eligible for the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy program. This program, also known as “Additional Assistance,” provides federal grants to help low-income seniors pay their monthly premiums and other prescription drug costs. Currently, Medicare beneficiaries in Porto Rico and other US territories are not eligible for grants under the federal “Extra Help” program. This unequal treatment translates to far less help for low-income seniors living on the island than for mainland seniors who are eligible for Part D subsidies.

“No matter where you live, everyone should have access to affordable health care. Medicare beneficiaries in all 50 states and District of Colombia may qualify for Medicare Part D subsidies; however, Medicare beneficiaries in Porto Rico and other US territories are not eligible for Medicare Part D subsidies. It’s time to fix what’s been wrong for too long,” Dr. Delgado concluded.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (The Alliance)

The Alliance is the nation’s leading source of scientific information and a trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in United States with a mission to achieve the best health for all. For more information, visit us at www.healthyamericas.org

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SOURCE National Alliance for Hispanic Health

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