December 12, 2019

Congresswoman Lee Votes to Pass H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lee joined House Democrats in passing H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. This legislation would allow Medicare to negotiate the costs of prescription drugs, lowering costs for families across the country.

“It is beyond outrageous that the US government is not currently allowed to negotiate drug prices through Medicare. And it is shameful that Big Pharma is charging people in the US hundreds of times more than what they charge in other countries.

“But H.R. 3 will help fix that. This bill takes direct action to help lower the cost of prescription drugs for everyday families by allowing the government to negotiate drug pricing through Medicare, while also expanding Medicare to cover vision, dental, and hearing for the first time and creating a $2,000 out-of-pocket limit for prescription drugs.

“H.R. 3 also incorporates key provisions that increase the number of drugs that Medicare is able to negotiate AND protects 150 million Americans with private health care plans from being price gouged by Big Pharma. 

“This bill is a big victory in our ongoing fight to reign in health care costs for everyday families around the country, and I am proud to see it pass.”