November 14, 2019
In townhalls across the nation, citizens are making their voices heard when it comes to the incredibly high costs of prescription drug prices in the United States. During a recent press conference, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi remarked on the impact of seeing “grown men cry” when telling stories about not being able to afford the lifesaving medicine their spouse or child needs.
We’ve heard these stories too. As home care providers, we know the constant struggle to get health care in California, long waitlists and unreasonable prescription drug prices that seemingly increase every year make it hard, or even impossible for our clients, and ourselves, to get the medicine we need.
That’s why UDW is supporting HR 3, Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. This bill, currently in the House of Representatives, would greatly reduce prescription drug prices. This bill would lower beneficiaries’ premiums by $6 billion, reduce their out-of-pocket costs by $25 billion, and according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, would lower drug prices in the commercial market.
Medicare is a confusing and complex system that oftentimes forces the financial burden on us, the patients. HR 3 would simplify this system and place a cap on out-of-pocket expenses and make prescription drugs more affordable.
While this legislation is likely to pass the House with ease, it will be a struggle to get it through the Senate, and this is why we need your help!
Call 866-957-9069 and tell your Congressperson to do the right thing and pass HR 3.
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