Congress is on the cusp of delivering monumental improvements to the millions of Americans who are struggling to afford their prescription drugs, and AARP will continue to push until this bill is passed and signed into law
AARP Virginia State Director Jim Dau and U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) joined a press call hosted by Invest in America on July 27 to highlight the need to lower prescription drug and health care costs for Virginians.
Americans want to see a Congress equally fed up as they are that Americans pay far more for prescription drugs than patients in other countries for the same medication. This is not a red or blue issue, just a priority that we should all get behind.
According to the Center for American Progress, if health care subsidies are not renewed, Virginia residents could see a yearly increase of $852 to their premiums, a 56% increase. It’s also estimated that more than 63,000 Virginians will become uninsured if the subsidies are not renewed.
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The following are statements from the call:
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA):
“I’ve long supported giving Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices. These reforms would drive costs down for Virginia seniors, and would also save the federal government billions of dollars over the next ten years. Giving Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices is about boosting competition, saving money for some of our most vulnerable members of society, and standing with consumers over massive pharmaceutical companies. Americans want to see a Congress equally fed up as they are that Americans pay far more for prescription drugs than patients in other countries for the same medication. This is not a red or blue issue, just a priority that we should all get behind. It’s time to finally allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices.”
Jim Dau, State Director of AARP Virginia:
“The number one issue that we consistently hear about from people in our state and across the country is the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. One out of every five Virginians over the age of 45 decided not to fill a prescription in the last year because of its cost, and many took less than prescribed to make the prescription last longer. It is unacceptable that so many are cutting back on everyday necessities like food, gas, and electricity to afford their prescriptions. Congress is on the cusp of delivering monumental improvements to the millions of Americans who are struggling to afford their prescription drugs, and AARP will continue to push until this bill is passed and signed into law.”
Why this matters to Virginians:
There are 1 million AARP members living in Virginia. To learn more about AARP Virginia, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aarpvirginia and follow @AARPVa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aarpva.More information about AARP’s Fair Drug Prices campaign can be found at aarp.org/rx.
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