Alaska Democrats urge steps
to lessen high cost of prescription drugs
October 01, 2004
Alaska Democratic legislators called on Governor Murkowski Thursday
to take urgent steps to alleviate the high cost of prescription
drugs for Alaskans and Alaska's businesses.
With prescription drug costs
continuing to consume a larger and larger portion of annual medical
spending every year, action to reverse this trend is imperative.
"Individual Alaskans and
Alaskan businesses struggle with the high cost of health insurance,
while the State budget balloons with the pressure of State employee
health coverage," said Representative Eric Croft (D-Anchorage),
"It is past time for the Governor to show leadership on
this vital issue."
"Alaska has a great tradition
of standing up to the Federal government when it comes to putting
Alaska first," said Senator Bettye Davis (D-Anchorage),
"Prescription drug coverage should be no different."
Specifically, House and Senate
Democrats call on the Governor to do the following:
- Help Alaskans purchase
safe prescriptions from Canada. The state should start
today helping Alaskans purchase safe prescriptions from Canada.
Web-based systems have helped hundreds of thousands in Minnesota,
New Hampshire and Wisconsin.
- Provide Prescription Access
via Canada to State Employees. Provide prescription medication
to the 14,500 permanent employees of the State of Alaska via
Canadian purchase for a significant reduction to our state budget.
A similar program in Minnesota will save $1.4 million annually
for the state and $180/year for each employee.
- Stand up to the Federal Government
on purchasing prescriptions. Alaska has a great tradition
standing up to the Federal government when it comes to what is
best for Alaskans. Prescription drug coverage is no different.
Stand up to the new Federal law prohibiting negotiating group
pricing for Medicaid patients.
The time to act to reduce the
burdensome cost of prescription drugs for Alaskans is now say
the five Alaska Democratic legislators signing a letter to the
Letter to Gov. Murkowski dated September
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