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House Democrats propose plan to lower cost of prescription drugs

Oct 7, 2019

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You shouldn’t have to choose between paying for your medication or your mortgage. That’s the message of some Democrats in the state House. They’ve introduced a plan they’re calling HOPE – or Health Over Profits for Everyone.

Some House Democrats have introduced bills aimed at making medical care more affordable.

The bills in the package would do things like cap insurance co-pays for primary care and behavioral health providers at five dollars. They would also require insurance companies to pay in full for medically necessary epinephrine – which is used for allergic reactions.

Democratic Representative Jon Hoadley is a bill sponsor.

“At the end of the day, this is about making sure that we’re putting Michigan health and our safety over profits.”

Supporters say that everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care. If passed, insurance companies would have a cap of five dollars for co-pays for primary care and behavioral health providers. And the state Attorney General would have to investigate the price of insulin and make recommendations for consumer protections.

Democratic Representative Kyra Bolden is also a bill sponsor.

She says, “For too many Michiganders, the high cost of life saving medications and doctors visits make them luxuries, just reserved for a few that can afford them.”

Other bills in the package would do things like cap insurance co-pays at 100-dollars for every 30 day supply of insulin. And allow companies to import FDA approved drugs from Canada.