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News Release: Governor Mills Signs Comprehensive Rx Drug Legislation

Posted on 06/24/19 by Jane Margesson

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06/24/2019 Jane Margesson (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org

AARP Maine Applauds Signing of Comprehensive Prescription Drug Legislation

Passage of Rx Bills Addresses Rx Affordability, Accessibility

AUGUSTA: Today, Governor Janet Mills signed into law comprehensive prescription drug reform through a package of bills that will address the skyrocketing cost of Rx drugs. The package of bills creates a prescription drug affordability board, increases drug pricing transparency, better regulates pharmacy benefit managers and allows for the wholesale importation of prescription medicines.

As a proudly non-partisan organization, AARP Maine thanks the state legislature for working across party lines for the people of Maine and taking a stand against Rx greed. Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Allagash), Senator Eloise Vitelli (D-Sagadahoc), Senator Heather Sanborn (D-Cumberland) and Senator Bob Foley (R-York) deserve special thanks for their leadership on this important issue.

“Thousands of Mainers are impacted by skyrocketing prescription drug costs that put their health, and even their lives, in jeopardy,” said Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director. “Our elected leaders clearly recognized that prescription drug price gouging is not a Democratic or a Republican problem. This issue is about fighting for people’s lives, and putting people before profits.”

AARP Maine thanks Governor Mills for signing the Rx bill package into law on June 24th during a brief ceremony in her office. Charles Stanley, one of many AARP Maine volunteer advocates who worked on AARP’s Stop Rx Greed campaign, was in attendance. Mr. Stanley publicly shared his struggle to afford his life-saving medications in this short video.

“It is important to acknowledge that Mainers from across the state were instrumental in bringing this critical issue to the attention of the legislature,” said Parham. “Heartbreaking stories of Mainers struggling to make ends meet due to the cost of their medications was the heart of the campaign.”

AARP Maine now brings the StopRxGreed campaign into the federal arena, urging Maine’s Congressional delegation to work with their colleagues to pass bipartisan legislation to lower prescription medication prices across the country.

It is well known that the United States pays more for their prescription drugs than any other country in the world. The big drug companies rake in billions in profits each year while millions of Americans struggle to pay for the drugs they need to alleviate crippling pain and, in some cases, to stay alive.

“The pharmaceutical companies have made it clear that they intend to fight hard, but we must fight harder,” said Parham. “While we celebrate our win in Maine, we must keep the campaign going to Stop Rx Greed for all Americans.”

Further information about AARP Maine and the Stop Rx Greed campaign can be found at www.aarp.org/me

Additional video testimonials:
Ellen Harris-Howard of Lebanon
Mary Ann Cumming of Standish
Mainers Speak Out

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AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the nation's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.orgor follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

This story is provided by AARP Maine. Visit the AARP Maine page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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