A ground-breaking solution to the prescription drug pricing crisis has emerged. Last month, Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), introduced legislation that would directly tackle the high prices people are paying at the pharmacy.
In particular, Pennsylvanians pointed to the rising cost of prescription drugs as being a pressing problem. A full two in three Pennsylvanians say they are worried about the cost of prescription drugs.
The census has direct bearing on how hundreds of billions of federal dollars nationwide are allocated to states, affecting the funds that states receive for Medicaid, CHIP, and other critical programs that help people stay healthy, such as food stamps.
Shutting down encampments and connecting some people to treatment are only temporary fixes. Bigger ideas are necessary to holistically address this problem. By looking at this crisis as both a healthcare and a housing issue, policymakers can move toward real solutions that address the root causes of the problem.
Due to repeated attempts at sabotage by the Trump Administration, the Affordable Care Act's individual marketplace has seen rising prices over the past year. The average premium cost rose by 30.6% between 2017 and 2018 in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as health policy experts, have called for the passage of a stabilization package that would shore up the marketplace and prevent prices from rising further in 2019.
The tax reform bills currently making their way through Congress both have significant implications for healthcare, but they differ on one controversial element: eliminating the medical expense tax deduction. The House bill has come under sharp criticism for eliminating this deduction, largely because it would be a catastrophic move for Americans with high out-of-pocket medical expenses, a population that disproportionately includes seniors and people with disabilities.