Murray, who chairs the Senate Health Committee, helped pass historic legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, especially for 1.4 million Medicare beneficiaries in Washington state
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(Spokane, WA) – Today, the People for Patty Murray Campaign released a new TV ad, featuring Spokane seniors discussing Senator Patty Murray’s work to secure lower prescription drug costs, especially for seniors, in the Inflation Reduction Act, which was recently signed into law by President Biden.
“My husband has diabetes. Even with health insurance, we’re having a hard time affording our medications,” Spokane seniors Christine and Tom say direct-to-camera in the new spot. “Thankfully, we have Patty Murray fighting for us in the U.S. Senate. She kept at it until Congress finally lowered the cost of prescription drugs and capped insulin for seniors at 35 dollars a month. Now, we’ll save thousands every year. We know when Patty is back in the other Washington, she is working for us.”
Overwhelming majorities of Americans support allowing the federal government to negotiate prescription drug costs, and eight in ten U.S. adults (83%) say the cost of prescription drugs is “unreasonable.”
As Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Murray helped lead Senate Democrats in drafting the prescription drug and health care tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act and American Rescue Plan.
The Inflation Reduction Act allows Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug costs, which will bring down costs for patients and generate enormous savings for taxpayers. The legislation will also cap Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket prescription drugs costs at $2,000 a year, cap their insulin costs at $35 a month, and cap price increases on their prescriptions at the rate of inflation so that drug makers cannot jack up prices to juice their own profits — helping the more than 1.4 million Medicare recipients in Washington state save money on their prescriptions.
The Inflation Reduction Act will also extend — for three full years — the health care tax credits Senator Murray championed in the American Rescue Plan, which have saved millions of Americans thousands of dollars on health care, spurred record enrollment on the health exchanges, and helped bring our nation’s uninsured rate to an all-time low. In Washington, thanks to the tax credits, more than 60,000 new people signed up for health care coverage last year, two in five found coverage for less than $100 a month, and 40,000 Washingtonians were eligible for coverage that cost less than $10 a month.
Earlier this week, Senator Murray joined health care advocates on a press call to discuss her work to secure lower prescription drug costs, especially for seniors, in the recently-passed Inflation Reduction Act. Video of the press call is here.