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Kind Ideas column: Working to lower prescription drug prices

As I travel across Wisconsin's Third Congressional District I often hear about the rising cost of prescription drugs, and the financial pinch many Wisconsinites face at the pharmacy. Ninety percent of seniors and about half of all Americans take a prescription drug, and many are paying more than people in other countries for the exact same drug.

It's no surprise that Wisconsinites want Congress to work quickly to level the playing field and lower the cost of the prescriptions they need to live healthy and productive lives. That's why I'm focusing on working with Democrats and Republicans to find solutions to this issue, and put Wisconsinites first.

In February, the committee on which I serve, the House Committee on Ways and Means, held a hearing on why and how drug prices are rising, and how to best work together to end the drug pricing crisis. This week, we will hold a hearing on how we can use a market-based approach to lower the cost of drug prices for Wisconsinites who rely on Medicare. These hearings give us the opportunity to listen to experts on prescription drug pricing and impacted Americans alike, and work together to find quick and impactful solutions.

I look forward to continuing to fight for the healthcare and financial security of all Wisconsinites. We need to continue providing Wisconsin families and seniors the care they need, while working to increase access and lower costs. Together, we can find solutions that help all Wisconsin families.

If you have a story to share about the need for more affordable prescriptions here in Wisconsin, please reach out by calling toll-free: 1-888-442-8040, or by visiting my website: http://kind.house.gov.

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