House to Vote on Landmark Prescription Drug Pricing Bill

Historic legislation to reduce prescription drug prices will come up for a vote in the U.S. House next week. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act will reach the House floor as early as Tuesday. The bill, otherwise known as H.R. 3, would empower the Secretary of[…]

Trump Admin Medicare Enrollment Tools Under Fire

With a little more than a week left of the 2020 Medicare open enrollment season, the Trump administration continues drawing fire for its revamped online tools. On Monday, ProPublica published a scathing report highlighting misleading and inaccurate information on the Medicare Plan Finder. Many of the problems involve prescription drug plans, making it harder for[…]

Senator Wyden Headlines National Committee Town Hall on Rx Drug Pricing

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) headlined a spirited town hall on prescription drug pricing Friday in Portland as part of the National Committee’s “Don’t Cut Pills, Cut Profits” campaign. A capacity crowd of local seniors attended the event at Portland Community College, featuring Senator Wyden, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Oregon state reps. Andrea Salinas and Rachel[…]

Seriously Ill Seniors Face Daunting Costs, Especially for Rx Drugs

The National Committee has been beating the drum about seniors’ rising health care costs for several years. Now, a new study from Health Affairs confirms that seriously ill seniors face especially daunting financial hardships. According to the study, 53% of seriously ill Medicare patients are experiencing grave difficulty paying their medical bills, with unaffordable prescription[…]

Medicare Price Negotiation Bill Headed to House Floor

For 16 years, the National Committee and other seniors’ advocates have been pressuring Congress to pass legislation empowering Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices with Big Pharma. That goal finally appears within reach. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Lower Drug Prices Now Act will get a floor vote by the end of this month, according to several[…]

Mourning the Loss of a True Champion for Seniors in Congress

America’s seniors have lost a true champion with the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) at the age of 68. The Congressman, who was chairman of the House Oversight Committee, forcefully and eloquently advocated for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and lowering prescription drug prices. His staunch support of seniors’ priorities repeatedly earned Rep. Cummings a[…]

National Committee Holds First Rx Drug Pricing Town Hall

Today marked an important step in the National Committee’s Don’t Cut Pills, Cut Profits campaign to educate and empower voters to help reduce prescription drug prices. Seniors in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area joined elected leaders and experts for a town hall this morning on the skyrocketing cost of drugs. The town hall featured Rep. Gwen[…]

Florida Citizens Protest Trump’s Medicare Deceptions

Local citizens organized by a National Committee volunteer protested the President’s fact-challenged Medicare speech at the Villages retirement community outside Ocala, Florida on Thursday. The roadside protest near the Ocala airport (where Air Force One landed) was a reminder that seniors shouldn’t be fooled by the President’s misleading Medicare rhetoric. Protesters ranging in age from[…]

Seniors Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Trump’s Medicare Publicity Stunt

“Seniors recall the 2016 promise from then-candidate Donald Trump to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices as a strategy for lowering prescription drug costs. And they still are waiting for that to happen. Older Americans won’t be fooled by a parade of empty words and promises. Seniors need a real-world solution to the high cost[…]