Maine Democrats Enact Historic Prescription Drug Reform Package
Democrats continue delivering results for Mainers’ health care and pocketbooks
Today, Governor Janet Mills signed into law a comprehensive drug reform package that contains a suite of proposals from Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, and Senator Heather Sanborn, D-Portland, that would allow the wholesale importation of prescription medicine, create a prescription drug affordability board, increase drug price transparency and better regulate pharmacy benefit managers.
This package comes as Maine Democrats have already led the way in enacting historic legislation that expands access to reproductive health and Medicaid, expands paid time off, protects online privacy, makes the health care system more equitable, toughens public health requirements to protect children, and protects the environment.
Moreover, this drug reform package comes as Washington Republicans consistently threaten health care and protections for pre-existing conditions, and even knowingly vote to raise health care premiums by double digits.
Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra issued the following statement:
“High quality affordable health care is a priority of Maine Democrats. This historic, comprehensive drug reform package takes significant steps to ensure prescription medicine is more affordable and available while at the same time instituting tough consumer protections. As Republicans consistently threaten to roll back health care reform and protections for pre-existing conditions while increasing premiums, Maine Democrats continue to step up for Mainers.”