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Don't break what works

No one should have to pick between filling their prescription for life-saving medicine and putting food on the table. But with prescription drug prices going through the roof, that's the no-win choice many Americans face.

That's why reducing the cost of prescription medicine is a rallying cry for just about everyone in Washington. But what, aside from making empty promises (and plotting massive giveaways to Big Pharma), is the Trump Administration doing to curb prescription drug prices? Nothing.

Well, actually, less than nothing.

Trump's Department of Health and Human Services is threatening to slash the vitally important 340b Drug Discount Program. They propose cutting $1.6 billion to the program, which would hollow out health care options for rural and underserved communities.

At no cost to taxpayers, this essential federal program allows hospitals and clinics that treat low-income patients to buy prescription drugs at discounted prices. In turn, safety-net hospitals and clinics are able to stretch federal dollars further and reach more eligible patients – patients who depend on those hospitals and clinics for cancer treatment, labor and delivery services, and trauma care.

I am standing up for hospitals, clinics, and patients by calling on President Trump and Secretary Azar to strengthen the 340b program instead of dismantling it.

I'll be sure to keep you updated.


Posted on May 17, 2018.

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Joe Kennedy III represents Massachusetts' 4th District in Congress. A principled and passionate advocate for economic, social, and racial justice, Joe is working to improve access to quality, affordable health care, and is determined to fight for all who call this country home.

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