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TODAY Protect Our Care to Host Events in WV, OH, GA, ME with Elected Officials and Health Care Advocates Calling for Congressional Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021***

TODAY: Protect Our Care to Host Events in WV, OH, GA, ME with Elected Officials and Health Care Advocates Calling for Congressional Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

Washington, DC — On Thursday, May 6, 2021 elected officials and local advocates will join Protect Our Care in West Virginia, Ohio, Georgia, and Maine 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 West Virginians, Ohioans, Georgians, Mainers, 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.

THURSDAY EVENTS

WEST VIRGINIA

WHO

West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare 

West Virginia Citizen Action Group 

National Association of Social Workers WV

Protect Our Care WV

Mindy Salango, Type 1 diabetic who struggles to afford her insulin

Rusty Williams, cancer survivor who struggles with cost of medications

WHAT: West Virginians Call for Congressional Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:30 AM ET

OHIO

WHO:

State Rep. Allison Russo

John Kennedy, Insulin for All Ohio

Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, health care advocate

WHAT: Ohio Leaders and Advocates to Call for Congressional Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WHERE: Register for the Event Here

WHEN: Thursday, May 6 at 11:00 AM ET

GEORGIA

WHO:
State Rep. Matthew Wilson
Whitney Griggs, Georgians for a Healthy Future
Nedra Fortson, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, MBA, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Himali Patel, small business owner reliant on life-saving prescription drugs 

WHAT: Representative Matthew Wilson, Protect Our Care Georgia, and Advocates Call for Congressional Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WHERE: Register to join the Zoom event

WHEN: Thursday, May 6, 11:00 AM ET

MAINE

WHO:

Senate President Troy Jackson
Greg Marley, LCSW, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine
Marie Follayttar, Mainers for Accountable Leadership

WHAT: Press Call to Call for Congressional Action to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WHERE: Dial-in: 877-229-8493; Pin: 114927

WHEN: Thursday, May 6 at 11:00 AM ET