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Leading Health, Labor Organizations Call On Congress To Pass Prescription Drug Pricing Reform This Year

Lower Drug Prices Now, Patients for Affordable Drugs, AARP, AFL-CIO, Alliance for Retired Americans, Families USA, Protect Our Care, Little Lobbyists, and More Send Letter Urging Swift Congressional Action

WASHINGTON, DC — The national organizations leading the push for lower prescription drug prices today sent a joint letter to Congress calling on them to pass legislation to lower prescription drug prices by passing H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, this year.

Americans across the board need lawmakers in Congress to pass legislation to lower drug prices this year. As a recent poll demonstrated, the majority of Americans are afraid that Congress will do too little to address this crisis. We urge you to allay their fears and alleviate the suffering of millions by acting soon to pass meaningful legislation, starting with House passage of H.R. 3,” the letter reads.

The letter, organized by Lower Drug Prices Now and Patients for Affordable Drugs, was joined by AARP, AFL-CIO, Alliance for Retired Americans, Center for American Progress, Community Catalyst, Doctors for America, Families USA, Human Rights Watch, Little Lobbyists, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Patients for Affordable Drugs, PrEP4All, Protect Our Care, UNIDOS US Action Fund, and West Health Institute.

House Democrats reintroduced H.R. 3 in April, which would save taxpayers roughly $450 billion by authorizing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, setting inflationary price caps, and limiting out-of-pocket costs. “It is a comprehensive set of reforms that will fundamentally reform America’s drug pricing system to ensure it works for the people it is supposed to serve,” reads the letter.

In his speech to a joint session of Congress last month, President Joe Biden called for Congress to “give Medicare the power to save hundreds of billions of dollars by negotiating lower drug prescription prices.” Adding, “It’s within our power to do it; let’s do it now.”

Read the full letter here.


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