July 11, 2008

Action Alert: White House Says President Will Veto H.R. 6331

Representatives from the White House have said that President Bush will veto H.R. 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. The next step is now to contact your Representatives and Senators to vote to override the President's veto of H.R. 6331. Learn more and take action today.

Why this bill is important to people with lupus:

Clarifies off-label drug usage
The only drugs that currently have an indication for lupus are corticosteroids including prednisone, prednisolone, methylprednisolone, hydrocortisone; hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil®); and aspirin. All other medications prescribed for lupus are considered off-label. It is important that people with lupus continue to have access to medications that are not currently approved for lupus.

Protects special classes of prescription drugs
If enacted, the law would require health plans to cover under Medicare Part D most classes of drugs for chronic diseases like lupus.

Provides coverage of the benzodiazepines and barbiturates
These drugs are currently excluded under Part D. Coverage is important because some physicians may prescribe these drugs for people with lupus who also may have seizures.

We encourage you to take action today.

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