May 21, 2012
-- Members of the MassRxHelp.org coalition today called on the state Senate to adopt the budget amendment filed by Senator Michael Rodrigues that will allow Massachusetts residents to use discounts for the purchase of prescription medications. Amendment 655 is a bi-partisan offering that has already been adopted by the House, and if approved by the Senate will bring financial relief to thousands of patients across the state.
Massachusetts is currently the ONLY state in the nation that bans consumers from using discounts and coupons to help pay for their prescription drugs, often forcing patients to chose between paying the copayment for their life saving medications and other necessities.
Study after study shows that as costs rise, patients abandon the medications prescribed by their doctors. The healthiest patients are those who comply with the medications prescribed by their health care professional.
“Decreasing medication costs for individuals is one of the best ways to ensure the health of residents”, said Lynn Morin, Senior Patient Services Manager for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a MassRxHelp.org Coalition Member. “Our patients often struggle with the costs of their medications and making this assistance available to them will make a positive impact on their lives.”
The MassRxHelp.org coalition praised Senator Rodrigues for his leadership on this issue and urged lawmakers to approve this amendment and give Massachusetts' residents the same right to save money that is afforded to consumers throughout the rest of the country.
MassRxHelp.org is made up of more than 40 organizations across the state and hundreds of individual members who are committed to getting patients access to the medicines they need.
For more information and a list of supporters go to http://www.massrxhelp.org