Jul 29, 2022
On Medicare’s 57th Anniversary, AARP Calls on Congress to Take Historic Action to Reduce Prescription Drug Prices for Older Americans

En español | WASHINGTONAARP issued the following statement from Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, on the 57th anniversary of Medicare:

“As we celebrate the 57th anniversary of Medicare, our nation is on the verge of a historic moment for the program – requiring Medicare to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs directly.

Nearly two decades in the making, Congressional legislation would require Medicare to negotiate drug prices for the first time and, as a result, save older Americans and taxpayers billions of dollars.

For far too long, America’s seniors have been paying the highest prices for their medications. Lowering prescription drug prices is a top priority for Americans, with more than 80% of people from both political parties supporting the measure, and we are on the cusp of making that a reality."

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