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AARP Pennsylvania Urges the General Assembly to Help Lower Prescription-Drug Costs


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ON WEDNESDAY [APRIL 10TH], "A-A-R-P PENNSYLVANIA" IS HOLDING "LOBBY DAY"-ACTIVITIES, AT THE CAPITOL.  AND, THE GROUP'S STATE-DIRECTOR, BILL JOHNSTON-WALSH, DESCRIBES SOME OF ITS LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES...

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A FEW STATES ALREADY CAP WHAT MEDICAID PAYS FOR SOME HIGH-PRICED DRUGS--WHILE OTHERS REQUIRE DRUG-MAKERS TO REPORT THE REASONS BEHIND DRAMATIC PRICE-INCREASES.  WE URGE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO FOLLOW SUIT:  LEGISLATORS SHOULD HELP PENNSYLVANIANS WHO FACE HIGH DRUG-COSTS, BY CAPPING THEIR OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES--AND SHOULD ENACT LAWS THAT PROMOTE TRANSPARENCY, WITH REGARDS TO PRICE-INCREASES.  'A-A-R-P PENNSYLVANIA' SUPPORTS A PACKAGE OF BILLS THAT WOULD HELP MAKE PRESCRIPTION-DRUGS MORE AFFORDABLE FOR PENNSYLVANIANS; AMONG THOSE ARE THREE BILLS THAT WOULD PROVIDE CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR 'PACE' AND 'PACE-NET'--TWO PHARMACEUTICAL-ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT MORE THAN 260-THOUSAND PENNSYLVANIANS.  IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF PRESCRIPTION-DRUG AFFORDABILITY; IT'S UNFAIR THAT AMERICANS PAY THE HIGHEST PRESCRIPTION-DRUG PRICES IN THE WORLD--AND THAT MANY HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FILLING THEIR PRESCRIPTIONS AND BUYING FOOD, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD BOTH."

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