**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021, AT 11AM ET**

West Virginia Leaders to Highlight How High Drug Prices Hurt Seniors and Need for Rx Drug Reform

Charleston, WV — On Friday, July 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM ET, Protect Our Care West Virginia will hold a virtual press conference to draw attention to the need for Congress to pass meaningful prescription drug pricing reform, particularly because of the disastrous impact the high drug prices have on West Virginians over the age of 65 and living with a fixed income. July 30, 2021, is also the 56th anniversary of the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid.

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. Not only does giving Medicare the power to negotiate help seniors at the pharmacy counter, but it would save the federal government nearly $500 billion, which could be reinvested to strengthen health care for seniors and older adults.

The event is part of Protect Our Care’s Campaign to Reduce Drug Prices, which was launched this summer in 14 states, including West Virginia, to demonstrate the urgent need for comprehensive legislation to lower drug prices.

PRESS CALL:

WHO: 

Kat Stoll, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care

Sam Hickman, National Association for Social Workers, West Virginia

Lynette Maselli, Protect Our Care West Virginia

WHAT: Virtual Press Conference

WHEN: Friday, July 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM ET

WHERE: Register for the Event here