WASHINGTON – In case you missed it last week, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and House Democrats passed major legislation to bring down the cost of health care and prescription drugs. H.R. 987 – the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act – would enable more affordable generic prescription drugs to get to the market sooner, reverse the White House’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) enrollment efforts and crack down on junk insurance plans that refuse to cover pre-existing conditions and raise costs for consumers. Read more below:
Dispatch Argus: Rep. Bustos helps pass series of health care bills
- U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, helped pass a series of health care bills Thursday aimed at bolstering the Affordable Care Act and lowering the cost of prescription drugs.
- Called the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, the legislation combined seven bills into one package: Three of the bills will lower the price of prescription drugs while the other four deal with healthcare coverage.
- Bustos said the legislation accomplishes three goals: It will lower the cost of prescription drugs; crack down on junk insurance plans; and it reverses “what the White House has done to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. It will make sure people understand how to access health insurance and how to navigate a very complicated system.
- The legislation has support from AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), the American Hospital Association, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
Peoria Journal Star: Rep. Cheri Bustos touts bill to aid prescription drug costs
- A package of bills that passed the House earlier this week could help address prescription drug costs and make it easier for people to enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said Friday.
- The legislation cracks down on methods drug companies use to keep generic versions from coming to market, the Moline Democrat said.
- Bustos said that consumers can see the price of drugs drop by half in the first year when generic alternatives come to market.
- The legislation would also appropriate $200 million to aid states in creating their own, state-based insurance marketplaces, and would help restore funding for the outreach efforts encouraging people to sign up for care under the ACA. That funding was reduced last year, and Democrats say some 1 million people did not enroll for the program.
- Restoring funding could help get 500,000 people back on the rolls, she said, also noting that health care costs are one of the first issues that come up when she talks with constituents.