Florida’s Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative
54% of Floridians were “worried” or “very worried” about affording the cost of prescription drugs in the future.
Source: Altarum's Healthcare Value Hub, 2019
PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY BOARD
Create an independent authority, the Prescription Drug Affordability Board, that has the power to:
Set limits that lower what Floridians pay for their medications;
Investigate how high prices impact Floridians; and
Give both lawmakers and the public greater insight into how drugs are priced.
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Please Protect My Insulin or I May Die!
In 2015 I lost my job and health insurance. Then my husband lost his job at the same company. We lost our home and moved to California where we qualified for Medicaid. Returning home to Florida meant no health insurance at all. My husband finally got covered through his job, but we can’t afford to add me. So, I’m living without health insurance.
I am a diabetic and buy my insulin from Walmart for $25 a vial. It’s the cheapest I could find. I don’t take as much as I should, because it has to last me a while. I take it whenever I can afford it.
Senator Janet Cruz is working on a law that limits the amount insurance companies can charge for insulin. I read that a young man died after he switched from his regular insulin to my $25 Walmart insulin. Neither of us could afford the $1,200 a month price tag. But, tell me, who can?
I want our lawmakers to know we need this protection. I want Floridians without health insurance to know that our voices deserve to be heard.
Heather B., Polk County
February 7, 2020, The Ledger