Knocking down prescription drug prices

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HURD ON THE HILL

Access to medical care and affordable prescriptions is a real problem for many in the 23rd District of Texas. I hear story after story about seniors having trouble getting an appointment with their doctor and families having to make tough decisions to afford the medicine they need. My dad is 84 years old and has diabetes, this issue hits close to home for me.

While in Congress I have consistently supported legislation to increase access to and decrease costs of healthcare and make sure our seniors receive the benefits they have rightfully earned. The burdensome cost of prescription drugs is one issue that comes up consistently when I crisscross South and West Texas. Last year, two measures, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act and the Know the Lowest Price Act, were signed into law to bring some much-needed transparency to the drug supply chain by banning the use of “gag clauses” that restrict a pharmacist’s ability to let patients know if it’s cheaper to pay for a prescription out of pocket than through their insurance.

I am proud to continue on these efforts this year. For example, I recently cosponsored H.R. 2700, introduced by my friend and fellow Texas Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26). This bill would ensure that patients get the earliest possible access to more affordable prescription drugs by banning shady “pay-for-delay” tactics, bringing low-cost options to the table and incentivizing competition between all drug makers. Additionally, it would extend funding for Community Health Centers, which provide vital health services for South and West Texans.

 

 

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