Dr. Ruiz Votes ‘Yes’ on Historic Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Costs for Seniors and Families

December 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Dr. Ruiz voted to lower prescription drugs prices for seniors and American families. H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, is an historic, comprehensive bill that gives Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies, making those prices available to Americans with private insurance too. The bill, which passed the House Thursday afternoon, also creates a $2,000 annual out-of-pocket limit on prescription drug costs and expands Medicare benefits to cover dental, vision, and hearing.

“I enthusiastically voted for the historic Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act to protect and strengthen Medicare and to say enough is enough to Big Pharma,” said Dr. Raul Ruiz, an emergency physician. “For the first time ever, this bill will allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices to lower costs for seniors and American families with private insurance. It reinvests the savings to augment research and development for new medicine and to add, for the first time ever, Medicare coverage for vision, hearing, and dental care.”

Congressman Ruiz took to the House floor this week to discuss the need for this bill to become law. You can watch Congressman Ruiz’s remarks on H.R. 3 here.