Building on recent progress with drug pricing, last night Senate Democrats announced plans to add energy and tax provisions to the reconciliation package, and to hold a vote next week.
Critically, the expanded bill, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, maintains key Medicare and prescription drug reforms that were included in the most recent agreement:
Medicare Rights strongly supports these critical reforms. Together, they would achieve historic coverage and affordability gains, better ensuring that all people with Medicare have meaningful access to care. We applaud lawmakers for prioritizing these much-needed solutions and urge prompt passage, as well as continued work to strengthen Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and to allow Medicare Part B to cover comprehensive vision, dental, and hearing services.
For more information on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, please see the legislative text and the following summaries from Senate Democrats: