States Pass Record Number Of Laws To Reel In Drug Prices

September 9, 2019, Kaiser Health News, Steven Findlay -  Whether Congress will act this year to address the affordability of prescription drugs - a high priority among voters - remains uncertain. But states aren’t waiting. So far this year, 33 states have enacted a record 51 laws to address drug prices, affordability and access. That tops the previous record of 45 laws enacted in 28 states set just last year, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy, a nonprofit advocacy group that develops model legislation and promotes such laws. Among the new measures are those that authorize importing prescription drugs, screen for excessive price increases by drug companies and establish oversight boards to set the prices states will pay for drugs.

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