WASHINGTON, DC – National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) President and CEO John Rother urged the Energy and Commerce Committee to include measures to improve prescription drug affordability in 21st Century Cures legislation in a letter to Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) yesterday.
“…the speedier introduction of treatments will mean nothing if patients and our health system cannot afford them. NCHC is gravely concerned that the discussion draft ignores the fundamental challenge of affordability,” said Rother in the letter. “Just nine months after its launch last June, the 21st Century Cures Initiative has helped bring the stakeholder community, lawmakers of both parties, executive branch agencies, and the White House together in a common effort to support innovation. But moving forward with legislation that fails to address affordability would not be reflective of the spirit of cooperation…”
The letter was sent in response to an open call for feedback from stakeholders on the 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft, released at the end of January.
See full press release: http://www.nchc.org/nchc-pushes-for-affordability-measures-in-21st-century-cures-bill/