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House Proceeding 05-13-09 on May 13th, 2009 :: 0:08:20 to 0:11:50
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Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:08:16 to 0:08:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: i ask unanimous consent to submit mr. brady's comments for the record. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman from california, ms. roybal-allard, is recognized. for five minutes. ms. roybal-allard: mr. speaker, i rise to introduce the guide

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:08:20 to 0:11:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:08:38 to 0:08:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: act of 2009 on behalf of millions of vulnerable individuals known as duel eligibles, who are phased with critical and essential decisions on which drug plan and pharmacy will provide the medications they need to survive. seven million americans are duly enrolled in medicaid due to low

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:08:59 to 0:09:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: number levels and medicare because of their age or disability. almost 40% are cognytively impaired. these are individuals with mental retardation, mental illness, autism and dementia. over 75% have one or more functional limitations such as problems eating, bathing, dressing and managing money.

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:09:21 to 0:09:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: prior to the passage of the medicare modernization act which established the medicare part d prescription drug program, deuel eligibles received their med -- d medication by taking their medicaid card to a pharmacy of their choice and paying a fee. with the passage of part d, this

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:09:44 to 0:10:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: simple process changed and duel eligibles were required to pick a plan from the new program or be automatically and randomly enrolled in one. unfortunately, due to the life challenges faced by these cognytively impaired individuals, their attempt to navigate the array of complex prescription drug plans was

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:10:06 to 0:10:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: overwhelming with regrettable consequences. many mistakenly chose oren rolled in plans that presented -- or enrolled in plans that presented obstacles. their lack of acce prescribed medications has been linked to serious adverse events, including increased emergency room visits and

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:10:28 to 0:10:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: hospitalizations. to eliminate these access problems, i, together with congressman pete sessions of texas, have introduced the guidance understanding and information for duel eligibles act or the guide act. the guide act addresses this life-threatening issue by establishing a pilot program where experienced social workers

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:10:49 to 0:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: and case managers will provide du eligibles with one-on-one counseling for medicare part d in their community mental health centers and community nonprofit centers. this program will benefit this group of vulnerable americans by ensuring tangible access to the medications they so badly need to live healthy and productive

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:11:11 to 0:11:31( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: lives. in addition, this program will benefit all americans by reducing the social and economic costs associated with the lack of access to essential medications. mr. speaker, the guide act is an important bill that will provide one of the most vulnerable groups in our society with the information, guidance and

Lucille Roybal-Allard

0:11:32 to 0:11:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lucille Roybal-Allard: understanding they need to successfully choose the medicare part d prescription drug plan that meets their health care needs for survival and a healthier and better life. on behalf of the millions of disabled and mentally ill americans who live in all our

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