Ask senators to pass HCR 7 to lower prescription drug prices!

Ask your state senator to vote YES on HCR 7 to provide the tools needed to negotiate lower prescription drug pricing!

At least 49% of Utahns worry about affording prescriptions due to the high cost of prescription drugs. Medicare subscribers spent over $90 billion on prescription drugs in 2017, yet the Secretary of Health and Human Services does not have the authority to participate in negotiation of medication prices with drug manufacturers to ensure fair pricing. A recent study showed that pre-rebate prices charged for prescription drugs under Medicare are up to 70.1% more in the United States than in other countries with a similar economic climate, and post-rebate prices are 3.2%-4.1% higher. Unfortunately, the lack of affordability of prescription drugs can cause non-adherence to prescription treatments, which can severely impact health outcomes and even lead to increased morbidity and mortality.

HCR 7 recognizes the high cost of prescription drugs under Medicare and urges the United States Congress to provide Medicare with the policy tools necessary to negotiate significant reductions in the prices it pays for prescription drugs.

Simply click “Start Writing” to ask state legislators to support HCR 7.

What would HCR 7 Congressional Action on Prescription Drug Prices do?

HCR 7 recognizes the high cost of prescription drugs under Medicare and urges the United States Congress to provide Medicare with the policy tools necessary to negotiate significant reductions in the prices it pays for prescription drugs.

This good bipartisan resolution has passed in the House. Ask your senator to vote YES on HCR 7!

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • Supporting this resolution would encourage legislative action on a federal level that is necessary to meaningfully address the issue of Medicare drug pricing and allow the voices and concerns of Utahns to be represented in Medicare negotiations.
  • Allowing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to advocate for Medicare beneficiaries could help significantly reduce prescription drug costs, which in turn can improve access and adherence to prescription drug treatments.

How to make sure your letter is successful:

  1. Use a clear and specific subject heading.
  2. Start with a salutation (“Dear …”).
  3. Be CIVIL, PERSONAL and as CONCISE as possible.
  4. Mention that you are a CONSTITUENT and include your full address with zip code.
  5. Sign your name at the end.

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2 Comments

  1. Naresh Kumar February 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Prescription drugs are too expensive for many Utahns and Americans in general. When patients were prescribed opioids, whether they were appropriate or not, many couldn’t afford the high cost of the legal prescription drug and turned to illegal opioids to treat their pain or satisfy their habit. This is what the current system forces people to do. And it is not just opioids. We need transparency in prescription drug markets, with less complexity and less added costs so consumers aren’t left shouldering a big bill. Some patients qualify for rebates, so their “real cost” is manageable – but for those who don’t qualify (and there are many who don’t), they are stuck paying the full, inflated price of drugs they eventually might not be able to afford. Medical debt is a leading cause of homelessness, joblessness, and degradation of our society. Let’s work to end that.

  2. Andrea Himoff February 20, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Really great points, Naresh! Please be sure to send them to your state senator as well! Writing your senator is easy! Simply go to this page: https://www.actionutah.org/2020/02/20/ask-senators-to-pass-hcr-7-to-lower-prescription-drug-prices/. Then click “Start Writing” and paste your great comments into the form and hit “Send Letter”!

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