***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 5 AT 11:00 AM ET // 10:00 AM CT***

PRESS CALL: U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, Little Lobbyists, MomsRising and Protect Our Care to Highlight Dire Toll of High Drug Costs on Children

 Call Will Convey Urgent Need to Stand Up to Big Pharma and Give Medicare the Power to Negotiate for Lower Drug Prices 

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, August 5 at 11:00 AM ET // 10:00 AM CT, U.S. Representative Colin Allred (D-TX-32), Elena Hung, the executive director and co-founder of Little Lobbyists, and Felicia Burnett, MPA, National Director for Health Care at MomsRising will join Protect Our Care for a virtual press conference to discuss the devastating toll of high drug prices on children and their families. In addition to addressing the urgent need for prescription drug pricing reform, speakers will discuss how closing the Medicaid coverage gap could help millions of Americans, including 771,000 Texans, access affordable health care. 

The event comes after Protect Our Care released a report co-sponsored by Little Lobbyists and MomsRising as part of Week 8 of Lower Rx Summer. Lower Rx Summer consists of themed weeks of action to illustrate the urgent need for legislation to lower drug prices principally by giving Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices for all Americans. 

In the coming months, President Biden and members of Congress have an unprecedented opportunity to finally take action to lower drug prices. In 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3), historic legislation that would lower drug prices for all Americans. H.R. 3 would save patients over $150 billion and reduce the price of the costliest drugs by as much as 55 percent. Giving Medicare the power to negotiate would dramatically reduce drug prices for Americans of all ages and is supported by over 80% of voters, including over 50% majorities of Republicans and independents.

PRESS CALL:

WHO:
U.S. Representative Colin Allred (D-TX-32)
Elena Hung, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Little Lobbyists
Felicia Burnett, MPA, National Director for Health Care, MomsRising
Leslie Dach, Chair of Protect Our Care

WHAT: Virtual Press Conference to Highlight Dire Toll of High Drug Costs on Children and the Importance of a Federal Solution to Closing the Medicaid Expansion Gap

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Thursday, August 5 at 11:00 AM ET // 10:00 AM CT