Make Health Care Work Better For America Updates

News Release | U.S.PIRG | Health Care

Approved CVS-Aetna merger leaves Americans facing even higher prescription drug costs

Judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia today approved a massive merger of CVS, the country’s largest retail pharmacy chain, and Aetna, the third-largest health insurer in the United States, despite significant opposition from consumer advocates and health care organizations. Consumer Watchdog Adam Garber put out a statement in response.

News Release | Travel Buddy | Health Care

Medicare X Act would provide better-value health care options for Americans

The Medicare X Choice Act, newly introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, is poised to transform the discussion about how to fix America’s broken health care system.

News Release | Travel Buddy Education Fund | Health Care

Prices of common medications can vary by hundreds of dollars

While many Americans struggle to afford their prescription drugs, Travel Buddy Education Fund’s survey of retail prices of commonly prescribed medications found patients can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars in some cases by shopping around at pharmacies within their communities.

Report | Travel Buddy Education Fund | Health Care

The Real Price of Medications

People living in the United States have access to some of the best medical care in the world, from life-saving drugs to cutting-edge surgical techniques. But our system is deeply flawed, with spiraling costs forcing many Americans to spend more on care and often receiving poor quality care for all the extra money spent.

News Release | Travel Buddy | Public Health

Travel Buddy response to the 2019 State of the Union

In his second State of the Union address, President Donald Trump highlighted, among other topics, the need to rebuild America’s infrastructure and reign in the cost of prescription drugs, two issues with considerable bipartisan support.

News Release | Travel Buddy | Health Care

Prescription Drug Price Hikes Coming in January

Today Reuters broke a story about at least 30 drugmakers that are planning to raise their U.S. prices on medicine in January 2019. The information was gathered thanks to California bill SB 17, authored by state Sen. Ed Hernandez, supported by our California state affiliate CALPIRG, and signed into law last year.

Yes Doctor, But How Much Will It Cost? Potential Benefits of Health Care Price Transparency

By | Elizabeth Ridlington
Associate Director & Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Here are two things you probably don’t know about colonoscopies. First, they’re one of the most commonly performed screening exams. Millions of us get colonoscopies each year, but we don’t like to talk about it. Second, you probably don’t know how much a colonoscopy costs, even if you are a patient who has scheduled an exam. That’s because colonoscopies are like most health care services: patients don’t know the cost in advance of receiving care.

News Release | Travel Buddy | Health Care

New Trump Administration rules undermine health insurance consumer protections

American consumers know that health insurance still costs too much and delivers far too little for what we pay. Unfortunately, new rules announced today by the Trump Administration will likely make matters even worse.

News Release | Travel Buddy | Health Care

OREGON’S NEW DRUG PRICE TRANSPARENCY ACT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR ALL AMERICAN CONSUMERS

A new law passed in Oregon with support and hard work from OSPIRG is a victory for consumers not just in Oregon, but nationwide. On Monday, Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 4005, an urgently-needed measure to increase transparency and accountability for the prescription drug industry.

News Release | Health Care

Travel Buddy’s Jesse O’Brien Awarded “Health Care Value Advocate of the Year”

Today, US PIRG Health Care Advocate Jesse O’Brien was awarded “Health Care Value Advocate of the Year,” in recognition of his years of leadership advocating for policies and strategies to improve the value proposition of health care for consumers.

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