Health Care

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Keep the Focus on Lowering Health Care Costs

MASSPIRG's reaction to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s decision to refund $4.26 million to their customers after AG investigation into  excessive compensation.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Legislature Preserves Rx Gift Ban in Budget

MASSPIRG praised the legislature for rejecting attempts by Big Pharma to repeal laws aimed at lowering our skyrocketing health care costs by reining in the drug industry’s aggressive and expensive marketing tactics in the budget.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Legislature Preserves Rx Gift Ban in Budget

MASSPIRG praised the legislature for rejecting Big Pharma attempt to repeal RX drug gift ban.

Testimony for the 2011 Health Care Cost Trends Hearing

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

Health care costs are out of control and rising considerably faster than almost every other household expense. We must reduce the cost of health care now; the high costs have gone on for too long and must be reversed.

The Prescription Drug and Medical Device Ban is an important consumer protection law aimed at driving down our highest-in-the-nation, spiraling health care costs by reining in the drug and medical device industries’ aggressive marketing tactics. Among other things, the law bans gifts and/or payments of more than $50, including restaurant meals and entertainment, to physicians and other prescribers, from drug and medical device companies.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Groups Oppose Big Pharma Plans

Calling on legislators to oppose attempts to repeal the RX Gift Ban, Senator  Montigny joined Health Care For All, AARP, and MASSPIRG in highlighting the Gift Ban’s effectiveness in outlawing questionable marketing practices.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

House Votes to Repeal Law Aimed at Lowering Health Care Costs

MASSPIRG's Legislative Director urges the Senate to prevent the repeal of this important tool to drive down health care costs.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

House votes to repeal law aimed at lowering health care costs

By a vote of 128-22 on April 27, 2011, the House sided with the Rx drug industry as they voted to repeal the Rx Gift Ban, a critical consumer protection law aimed at driving downing spiraling health care costs.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

A Year After the ACA, State Legislature Holds the Key to Lower Costs

Boston, MA - Statement of Deirdre Cummings, Legislative Director for MASSPIRG on the one-year anniversary of the final passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the new federal health care law, and the impact and potential it holds for Massachusetts consumers and small businesses.

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