HA545 Kaplan Essay

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Advocacy and Public Policy Making HA545- Health Policy Kaplan University Introduction The purpose of this essay is to discuss Medicare Part D, as well as the influence of the various interest groups and governmental entities during this process. This essay will discuss both the policy process and the policy environment (the key players involved and other circumstances that shaped this policy-making effort), how stakeholder groups influenced the final outcome of Medicare Part D legislation, the specific strategies and tools that were used most effectively, and if the fact that Medicare Part D passed corresponds with my understanding of policy and politics. Medicare Part D, also called the Medicare…show more content…
The advocacy groups such as the National Mental Health Association, the Epilepsy Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and United Cerebral Palsy called for changes in Medicare Part D to guarantee prompt reimbursement to beneficiaries who have been overcharged for copayments and pharmacists who have covered the cost of medications for beneficiaries because of problems with the drug benefit (American Health Line, 2009). AARP, a membership and advocacy organization which represents over 35 million people over age 50, supported the MMA and prescription drug bill. AARP's support was considered a critical factor in the bill's passage. "AARP believes the Medicare Prescription Drug Program is an important step in providing access to affordable prescription drugs for older Americans and those with disabilities (AARP , 2008). The US Senate, on March 15, 2006, approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2007 budget resolution that would authorize (but not require) Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt to extend the May 15 enrollment deadline. The Bush administration does not support extension of the deadline. The Bush Administration and Republicans argued that implementation problems with Medicare Part D should be fixed by management tools, rather than legislation. Signing up for Medicare part D would require a lot of time and getting
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