Today, Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman
To watch Chairwoman Eshoo's opening statement, click HERE: https://youtu.be/UccbPuReA4Y?t=612
"Today, millions of Americans are fighting two battles - their illnesses and the cost of their prescription drugs."
The Subcommittee considered H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act. The legislation:
- Lowers drug prices and out-of-pocket costs for all Americans by allowing the Secretary of
- Stops drug companies from charging Americans more for the same drugs that sell for less abroad.The plan limits the maximum price for any negotiated drug by averaging the price paid in other developed countries.
- Creates a new out-of-pocket limit on prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries.Today, seniors pay up to
- Reinvests in innovation and research for new cures and treatments. The savings from lower drug prices will be invested in research for new breakthrough treatments and cures at
To read more about the legislation considered by the Subcommittee and to watch video footage of the hearing, click HERE: https://energycommerce.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/hearing-on-making-prescription-drugs-more-affordable-legislation-to
In May, the Democratic House passed five bills which originated in the Health Subcommittee to get more affordable generic medications to consumers faster and close the loopholes drug companies use to stop competitors from coming to market. Under Chairwoman Eshoo's leadership, the Health Subcommittee has also made progress on bringing transparency to drug prices by passing a package of bills that require drug companies to justify their attempts to hike drug prices and investigate the drug supply chain for anticompetitive practices.