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Speak Up for Mental Health Drug Access: Submit Your Comments Today!

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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Speak Up for Mental Health Drug Access: Submit Your Comments Today!

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Do you support preserving patients’ access to needed mental health drugs in Medicare Part D? If so, we have good news: the regulations are still in draft form – meaning that we can push CMS to reverse course, if enough citizens make their concerns known!

There are three simple things YOU can do today:

  1. Use our comment portal to share your concerns with CMS. Click this link to visit the Partnership for Part D Access comment portal. After entering your email address and contact information,  you’ll see a pre-written sample comment with places for you to share your story about why medication access is so important. Feel free to modify the sample comment in any way you wish; then, just click “Submit.” CMS is obligated to read all comments and address them in its next rulemaking, so this is one of the best ways to make your voice heard!
  2. Ask your Rep to sign on to a letter in support of 6 protected classes. Click here to send a quick note to your Rep asking him or her to sign on to a letter being circulated in two key congressional committees. A strong showing of support from Congress will help keep the pressure on CMS to retract its proposal.
  3. Share our website on social media. Help us spread the word by sharing the Partnership’s website on social media. Here are some sample posts to get you going:
    • Twitter: Medicare wants to cut #mentalhealth meds. Don’t let @CMSgov change #PartD protected classes- speak out! https://www.votervoice.net/NATIONALCOUNCIL/1/campaigns/34828/respond @PartDAccess
    • Facebook: Medicare has proposed cutting patients’ access to drugs for the treatment of depression and other mental illnesses. This would be devastating to patients – and Medicare needs to hear about it. Submit a comment directly to them at  https://www.votervoice.net/NATIONALCOUNCIL/1/campaigns/34828/respond

Thank you for helping protect vulnerable individuals’ access to lifesaving antidepressant and antipsychotic medications!