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Pharmacies have always played a significant role in our health care system. Giving Americans access to the services pharmacies provide is especially important in rural regions. Yet now we're seeing independent pharmacies struggling because of decreasing reimbursement rates for prescription medications.
The culprit? Pharmacy Benefit Managers, commonly known as PBMs.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Sen .Mike Braun (R-Ind.) introduced the bicameral Conditional Approval Act, which would establish a pathway in the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase access and lower costs of prescription drugs.
Back in 2017, when Republicans in Congress made a big push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they made some bold pledges:
Title 1 – Private Sector Health Insurance Reforms
WASHINGTON — Unless Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill cooperate, the nation’s health care system won’t get the fixes it needs, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., told an American Enterprise Institute audience Tuesday.
The lawmaker from Hot Springs has introduced legislation that he calls the Fair Care Act.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) spoke about the Fair Care Act at an American Enterprise Institute (AEI) event titled, “After Repeal and Replace: the Fair Care Act and the 2020 Campaign Plans.” Westerman gave the following remarks:
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. ET, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) will give keynote remarks on the Fair Care Act at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
Bruce Westerman, Arkansas’s Fourth District
Avik Roy, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
James C. Capretta, AEI
Growing up in rural Arkansas, I’ve seen how important local pharmacies are to their communities. These pharmacies provide so much more than prescriptions – they often stock everything from soap to socks. Large-scale chain pharmacies just don’t have the same appeal and can’t offer the same level of personal service.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and 358 cosponsors to pass H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.
WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, to introduce H.R. 3379, the Price Relief, Innovation, and Competition for Essential Drugs (PRICED) Act. The PRICED Act reduces the exclusivity period for biologics from 12 years to five years, allowing generic versions to enter the marketplace sooner and increase competition. Fifteen other original cosponsors joined Schakowsky and Westerman.