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Friday, September 28, 2018
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT VIA SUN COMMUNITY NEWS:
On Lowering Prescription Drug Costs: Stefanik Leads “Good”,”Bipartisan” Bills, Cobb “Did Not Provide any Policy Solutions”
The House passed a pair of bills this week designed to boost transparency in prescription drug purchasing.
The two bills approved on Tuesday ban the existing agreements between pharmacies and industry middlemen known as “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacists from telling patients how they can save money while purchasing prescriptions.
‘I am pleased to help pass these important, bipartisan bills to address prescription drug costs,’ said Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro) in a statement. ‘I will continue to work across the aisle to ensure the North Country has access to quality, affordable healthcare.’
The bills have passed the Senate and are on their way to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.
‘These are good bills,’ said Dr. David Mastrianni, senior vice president of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group. ‘They allow pharmacists to help the patient ensure they’re getting the proper information when they purchase a drug.’
Mastrianni, a former Democratic candidate for New York’s 21st Congressional District, hailed the bipartisan nature of the legislation.
“Despite the broadsides, (Cobb) did not provide any policy solutions Cobb would pursue if elected in November, nor does her website list a prescription drug plan for how the candidate plans to lower prescription drug costs.”
(The Stefanik campaign) also criticized Cobb for being opaque on health care policy, including details underpinning a single-payer health care plan which Republicans contend would increase taxes.
‘Like the typical Cuomo Clone that she is, Tedra Cobb praises Gov. Andrew Cuomo for appointing her to his healthcare committee and avoids details about her support for burying taxpayers with one trillion dollars in new taxes,’ he said.
In contrast, Stefanik secured $27 million for rural hospitals, wrote the legislation to repeal the medical device tax and ‘led the fight to fund our children’s health care program,” Alcivar said.'”
Read the full story in the Sun Community News.
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