Murphy Votes to Advance Historic Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Costs
Committee also approves bills to expand Medicare to cover dental, vision, and hearing services for seniors, which would benefit the four million Floridians enrolled in the program
WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., voted to advance historic legislation out of the House Ways & Means Committee to lower the cost of prescription drugs for millions of Americans. The cornerstone of the bill, H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, would give Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies for lower prescription drug prices, a proposal Murphy first introduced on behalf of House Democrats in July 2018 in a national address. The bill goes a step further and makes those lower Medicare negotiated prices available to Americans of all ages with private insurance while also establishing a $2,000 limit on the out-of-pocket costs that a Medicare beneficiary can be required to pay for their prescription drugs in a year. The Ways & Means Committee passed the bill 24 to 17 (with one voting present), and the full U.S. House must now consider the bill before sending it to the U.S. Senate.
Separately, the Committee also approved Murphy-backed legislation to expand Medicare to cover dental, vision, and hearing services, which would benefit the four million Floridians enrolled in the program. This will ensure Medicare covers items like eyeglasses, dentures, and hearing aids. Finally, the Committee approved a bill to expand a federal initiative to train lower-income Americans to obtain jobs in the health care field. The bill includes a Murphy provision aimed at ensuring that military veterans fully and fairly benefit from these training programs.