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Call to Action! Take Action To Ensure Access to Medications During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Economic Recession

Call to Action! Take Action To Ensure Access to Medications During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Economic Recession

July 27, 2020
Join Health Care For All in urging state representatives to ensure access to chronic disease and COVID-19 medications during the COVID-19 pandemic - please call and email your state representative TODAY and ask them to support and co-sponsor Representative Barber's COVID Medication Access Amendment #11 to House Bill 4888, an "Act to Promote Resilience in our Health Care System". 
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has made clearer the importance of access to affordable medications-from inhalers to insulin-to protect those with chronic conditions at highest risk for complications from the virus.
 
With many people struggling financially in the face of the pandemic, now more than ever we need to ensure prescription drugs, including those for COVID-19, are affordable without further burdening the state and the health care system.
 
Improving access to affordable medications for communities of color and low-income communities will support individuals and families that face disproportionate barriers accessing the care they need and are being hit hardest by the pandemic.
 
Representative Barber has proposed amendment #11 to House Bill 4888 titled, an "Act to Promote Resilience in our Health Care System" that would implement a temporary, 12-month program to reduce cost sharing for 15 drugs identified by the Department of Public Health that are used to treat five chronic disease conditions linked to COVID-19 complications as well as any FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. 
 
It would also establish a review process for these drugs to ensure costs are not passed on to consumers through higher premiums. A fact sheet can be found here
 
Please call and email your state representative to ask them to support and co-sponsor the Barber COVID Medication Access Amendment #11 todayto make sure everyone is able to access and afford the lifesaving prescription drugs they need to stay safe during this pandemic
 
*You can find your state representative's name, phone number, and email here.
 
Sample Phone Script:
 
Hi, my name is ______.
 
I live in _____ and am a constituent of Rep. _______.
 
I am calling to ask you to co-sponsor the Barber COVID Medication Access Amendment #11 to the House Health Care Bill 4888 that will be debated Tuesday that addresses prescription drug costs specifically related to COVID.
 
This amendment would make prescription drugs more affordable by temporarily reducing co-pays for certain chronic condition medications as well as COVID vaccines and treatments. It would also establish a review process to ensure costs are not passed on to consumers through higher premiums.
 
Now more than ever, we need to make sure everyone is able to access and afford the lifesaving medications they need to stay safe during this pandemic.
 
Thank you.
 
Sample Email Script:
 
Dear Rep. _____,
 
As one of your constituents who lives in ______, I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor Representative Barber's COVID Medication Access Amendment #11. The amendment addresses prescription drug costs related to COVID, and has been filed to the health care bill that is being decided Tuesday.
 
Individuals with uncontrolled chronic conditions are at high risk for more severe complications if they contract COVID-19, and these conditions disproportionately impact communities of color and low-income communities. It is critical that medicines to keep chronic conditions under control are affordable. Now more than ever, we need to make sure everyone can access and afford the lifesaving medications they need to stay safe during this pandemic.
 
This amendment would make drugs more affordable by temporarily reducing cost sharing for certain medications used to treat chronic conditions linked to COVID-19 complications and COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. It would also establish a review process to ensure costs are not passed on to consumers through higher premiums.
 
If you are interested in co-sponsoring, please contact Rep. Barber's staff at Emma.Vazquez@mahouse.gov.
 
Please use this form to report what happened in your call.

 

Thank you for your partnership!

 

Chris Noble
Health Justice Community Organizer
Health Care For All