Washington, DC — On Friday, May 7, 2021, U.S. Representative Darren Soto (D-FL-09), local elected officials and advocates will join Protect Our Care in Alaska, Florida, and North Carolina for virtual press conferences to call on Congress to take action to lower prescription drug costs for Americans. For too long the system has been rigged in favor of drug companies, and it’s time to put patients, not profits, first. Lowering prescription drug costs remains a priority for Alaskans, Floridians, and North Carolinians, and patients across the country. 

New polling shows that after addressing COVID-19, the top issue for voters is lowering health and drug costs, and 93% support giving Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices. In 2019, House Democrats passed the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3), bold legislation to give Medicare the power to negotiate for lower drug costs — the single most effective measure to bring down drug prices. In April, House Democrats reintroduced this legislation, giving Congress another opportunity to lower prescription drug costs, and meet the demands of voters.

FRIDAY EVENTS

FLORIDA

WHO:
U.S. Representative Darren Soto (D-FL-09)
State Sen. Janet Cruz
Meredith Ross, prescription drug pricing advocate
Christopher Clark, prescription drug pricing advocate
Emmabella Rudd, prescription drug pricing advocate

WHAT: Congressman Darren Soto, State Senator Janet Cruz, and Advocates Join Protect Our Care Florida to Call on Congress to Take Action to Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Americans

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Friday, May 7 at 10:00 AM ET

NORTH CAROLINA

WHO:
State Sen. Wiley Nickel
Stacy Staggs, President of Little Lobbyists North Carolina
Elke Millan, business owner who experienced high drug costs

WHAT: North Carolinians Call for Congressional Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Friday, May 7 at 10:00 AM ET

ALASKA

WHO:
Dr. Al Gross, orthopedic surgeon, 2020 U.S. Senate Candidate in Alaska
Joni Bruner, Alaska Grassroots Alliance, Member of the Alaska March On board
Kasey Casort, community organizer, lower drug cost advocate

WHAT: Dr. Al Gross and Advocates Join Protect Our Care Alaska to Call for Congressional Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Friday, May 7 at 10:00 AM AKT // 3:00 PM ET