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Patient Advocacy Groups Urge Speaker Pelosi to Include Smoothing in H.R. 3

Published October 30, 2019

United States Capitol building.

October 30th, 2019 – On October 29, 2019, the Alliance for Aging Research, along with 13 other nonprofit patient advocacy organizations, sent a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, urging her to ensure a “smoothing” benefit within a Medicare Part D patient out-of-pocket cap is included in H.R. 3. Establishing an out-of-pocket cap would make significant progress in addressing the burdensome out-of-pocket costs facing Medicare enrollees who rely on a costly drug covered by their Part D plan. The letter was signed by:

  • The AIDS Institute
  • Alliance for Aging Research
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Lung Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • International Myeloma Foundation
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Lupus Foundation of America
  • National Health Council
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • National Psoriasis Foundation
  • Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance
  • Susan G. Komen

Click here to read the full letter.

About the Alliance for Aging Research
The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. The Alliance believes advances in research help people live longer, happier, more productive lives and reduce healthcare costs over the long term. For more than 30 years, the Alliance has guided efforts to substantially increase funding and focus for aging at the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration; built influential coalitions to guide groundbreaking regulatory improvements for age-related diseases; and created award-winning, high-impact educational materials to improve the health and well-being of older adults and their family caregivers. For more information, visit

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