SB 376 can help Virginians get needed medication

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Senate Bill 376, introduced by Fairfax Democrat Chap Petersen, would establish a Prescription Drug Affordability Council with the power to set higher payment limits for certain expensive drugs.

According to a survey commissioned by AARP, in 2017, 23% of Virginians stopped taking prescribed medications due to cost. According to AARP research and analysis, between 2015 and 2019, the average increase in annual prescription drug costs increased by 26.3%, while the average income in Virginia increased by only 16.7%. %.

“On behalf of our nearly one million members in Virginia and all those over the age of 50, who pay some of the highest drug prices in the world, AARP Virginia urges the General Assembly to adopt the Senate Bill 376,” Natalie, AARP Virginia State Advocacy Director. Snider said.

“No one should have to choose between buying medicine and paying for food or rent. Soaring prices are making life-saving treatments out of reach for too many who need them. These outrageously high prices impact all Virginians by increasing premiums, out-of-pocket costs and the price of taxpayer-supported programs. The General Assembly has an opportunity to help Virginians get the medicine they need. They have to take it,” Snider said.

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