iBIO Policy Forums are designed for anyone who seeks to learn more iBIO and the policy issues impacting our community. These meetings serve as a forum to share the most recent updates on policy issues and trends at the state and federal level.
Medicare Part D
Created in the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003, and formally implemented in 2006, Medicare Part D provides affordable access to outpatient prescription drug coverage for seniors and people with disabilities.
Part D has succeeded beyond expectations, delivering needed prescription medicines at a far lower cost than anticipated due to rigorous competition in the program. This panel will discuss the impact Medicare Part D has had on the patient population and the importance of maintaining Medicare Part D’s competitive structure.
– Heidi Fredrickson, We Work For Health
– Moshe Brownstein, Policy Coordinator for National Alliance on Mental Illness – Greater Chicago
– Emily Rath, Director, Government Strategy, Astellas Pharma
Genetically Engineerd Food Labeling & Pollinators
Approximately 80 percent of foods contain GMO ingredients. Proposed state and federal legislation misguides consumers, favors one farming practice over another and disparages science and technology.
This panel will discuss the iBIO supported bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act introduced by Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). Which would establish a federal standard for the safety and labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs), eliminating confusion, providing consistency in food labeling while keeping food costs affordable.
– Rachael Hurley, Government Affairs Manager, Monsanto Company
STAY FOR THE iBIO BBQ
The Spring Policy Forum will be immediately followed by an iBIO BBQ, attendees are invited to stay. The iBIO Summer Barbecue Series provides an opportunity for our community to come together, network and enjoy some of the splendors of summer.