Kuster Holds Roundtable to Discuss Passage of Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Costs
Concord, NH – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Granite State Progress for a discussion on H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act – historic legislation passed by the House in December that would lower the price of prescription drugs for all Americans by empowering Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies. Later in the day, in Concord, Kuster joined stakeholders at Riverbend Community Mental Health to discuss H.R. 3 and the $10 billion she helped to secure within the bill to combat substance misuse.
“Many Granite Staters struggle to pay for the prescription drugs they need to stay healthy, and I’m proud that the House passed the Lower Drug Costs Now Act to help ensure no American is forced to choose between necessities like food and rent or their medication,” said Kuster. “I was proud to see the legislation include $10 billion that I advocated for to combat the opioid epidemic. We have made great progress in our efforts to address the opioid crisis, but we still have much work to do. This additional funding will help ensure communities on the frontlines will have the resources and support they need to help those who are struggling with substance use disorder. I look forward to my continued work with Granite State communities to fight this crisis together.”
Rep. Kuster has been a long-time proponent of lowering the cost of prescription drugs and has called for legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies to reduce prescription drug prices. Kuster is the founding co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force.