Campaign for Health Care Reform

DEFENDING REFORMS FROM BIG PHARMA—MASSPIRG Legislative Director Deirdre Cummings, alongside State Sen. Mark Montigny (New Bedford), urges lawmakers to keep the Rx Gift Ban in place. MASSPIRG is committed to helping keep health costs down for consumers.

BEING A WATCHDOG ON HEALTH CARE REFORM

America’s health care system is structured to profit the drug industry, insurance companies, and medical specialists, not better health outcomes for you.

The Affordable Care Act was an historic step toward getting health care costs under control, but more needs to be done to protect its solvency as demographics change and costs continue to rise. We can do this without undermining the fundamental goal of ensuring all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.

In Massachusetts, which paved the path for the federal law with our 2006 reforms, our priority now is to make sure state leaders focus on how on to deliver lower costs and better quality for consumers.

The cost of inaction to Massachusetts’ families would be overwhelming:

• If we don’t get our leaders to squeeze out the health care system's costly inefficiencies, the full cost of premiums will climb to $26,069 for families and $8,845 for individual employer-sponsored insurance by 2016.

• With these projected increases, the cost of a family health insurance policy will be equal to 41.2% of median household income.

To ensure Massachusetts continues to develop leading models of reform, MASSPIRG joined Campaign for Better Care, a broad coalition of organizations to tackle some of the biggest challenges left in health reform — lowering the cost while promoting more coordinated, efficient and better care.

Issue updates

Blog Post | Health Care, Solid Waste

Right to Repair is a simple way to cut health care costs | Nathan Proctor

Cost containment is is a critical first step in addressing the deep faults in our health care system - it's hard to image fixing problems of access if we continue to be charged $15 for a Tylenol pill or $1,000 for a toothbrush. It turns out that overpriced equipment repair helps add to those inflated costs.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection, Health Care

Second recall of King Bio’s homeopathic drugs in the past month

King Bio Inc. issued the second significant voluntary recall since late July of their homeopathic drugs on Wednesday. Safety concerns over homeopathic drugs extend beyond King Bio as over the past several years, the FDA has issued recalls to several companies for a variety of health products from zinc-containing intranasal medicine to asthma drugs with toxic ingredients. 

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Blog Post | Health Care

MASSPIRG calls on lawmakers to include 2 key consumer protections in Health Care Bill | Deirdre Cummings

MASSPIRG joined with consumer, public health, faith and provider organizations in calling on state lawmakers to include measures to provide for prescription drug pricing transparency and ends the practice of surprise billing in final health care bill currently being negotiated in a joint House and Senate Conference Committee. See out letters below that call on the committee to adopt these 2 consumer protections. 

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Blog Post | Health Care

MASSPIRG urges MA Senate to oppose Rx marketing strategies that increase Rx prices | Deirdre Cummings

MASSPIRG joined consumer groups and health insurers in opposing and extension of RX drug marketing gimmicks that increase cost of Rx drugs and health care overall.  

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Blog Post | Health Care

RX Cost Control Amendment to Senate Health Care Bill | Deirdre Cummings

MASSPIRG urges support for RX cost control to amendment to Senate Health Care Bill

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health, Consumer Protection, Health Care

Second recall of King Bio’s homeopathic drugs in the past month

King Bio Inc. issued the second significant voluntary recall since late July of their homeopathic drugs on Wednesday. Safety concerns over homeopathic drugs extend beyond King Bio as over the past several years, the FDA has issued recalls to several companies for a variety of health products from zinc-containing intranasal medicine to asthma drugs with toxic ingredients. 

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News Release | Health Care

New health care executive order is a step in the wrong direction

Today, President Trump signed a new Executive Order that aims to loosen up rules for health insurance plans for individuals, families and small businesses. Though the administration touts the potential for lower-cost health insurance under looser rules, this action will not help American consumers. In fact, it is likely to make matters worse by destabilizing the markets Americans rely on for health coverage. American consumers need real action on health care costs, but this simply will not cut it.

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California’s new drug price law is a win for consumers nationwide

Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 17 into law, a groundbreaking measure to increase transparency and accountability for the prescription drug industry. We celebrate the new law—passed with support and hard work from CALPIRG—as a landmark victory for consumers, not just in California, but nationwide.

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News Release | Health Care

Our Statement in Opposition to Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

The latest version of health care legislation before the U.S. Senate remains very dangerous for American consumers, and we urge a “no” vote.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Public Health, Health Care

Our Statement on the Failure of the US Senate Health Care Bill

American consumers can breathe a sigh of relief today. The legislation that was narrowly defeated in the US Senate last night threatened to spark chaos in health insurance markets, raise costs, degrade quality of care, weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and cause millions of Americans to lose health coverage.

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Result | Health Care

Ending Big Pharma’s Giveaways To Doctors

Drugmakers can no longer shower doctors with free gifts, meals and trips to boost the sales of prescription drugs. That’s because we persuaded Beacon Hill leaders to crack down on Pharma’s “direct-to-doctor” marketing practices, which contribute to the spiraling cost of prescriptions.

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Weak Medicine

 As outlined in our new report, Weak Medicine:  Why the FDA's New Guidelines Are Inadequate To Curb Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health. Guidelines issued by the FDA last year lack the restrictions necessary to fully combat the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria documents by world health experts.

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Report | MASSPIRG and Community Catalyst | Public Health, Consumer Protection, Health Care

Top Twenty Pay-for-Delay Drugs

Too often, consumers are forced to shoulder a heavy financial burden, or even go without needed medicine, due to the high cost of brand-name drugs. Our research indicates that one significant cause is the practice called “pay for delay,” which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans.

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Report | MASSPIRG | Public Health, Health Care

Prescription for Danger

The contaminated drug that caused last fall’s fungal meningitis outbreak and killed 55 people is just the tip of the iceberg of an industry-wide problem.

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Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Health Care

massachusetts Lives at Risk

The United States Congress is currently considering so-called “regulatory reform” legislation that would add new bureaucratic hurdles to stall and, in some cases, stop the creation of new safeguards and standards that hold corporations accountable and protect the public. According to our analysis, the result would be demonstrable harm for the people of Massachusetts.

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Blog Post | Health Care, Solid Waste

Right to Repair is a simple way to cut health care costs | Nathan Proctor

Cost containment is is a critical first step in addressing the deep faults in our health care system - it's hard to image fixing problems of access if we continue to be charged $15 for a Tylenol pill or $1,000 for a toothbrush. It turns out that overpriced equipment repair helps add to those inflated costs.

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Health Care

MASSPIRG calls on lawmakers to include 2 key consumer protections in Health Care Bill | Deirdre Cummings

MASSPIRG joined with consumer, public health, faith and provider organizations in calling on state lawmakers to include measures to provide for prescription drug pricing transparency and ends the practice of surprise billing in final health care bill currently being negotiated in a joint House and Senate Conference Committee. See out letters below that call on the committee to adopt these 2 consumer protections. 

> Keep Reading
Blog Post | Health Care

MASSPIRG urges MA Senate to oppose Rx marketing strategies that increase Rx prices | Deirdre Cummings

MASSPIRG joined consumer groups and health insurers in opposing and extension of RX drug marketing gimmicks that increase cost of Rx drugs and health care overall.  

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Blog Post | Health Care

RX Cost Control Amendment to Senate Health Care Bill | Deirdre Cummings

MASSPIRG urges support for RX cost control to amendment to Senate Health Care Bill

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Blog Post | Health Care

Health Care Reform for all of Us | Deirdre Cummings

Policymakers must go back to the drawing board and start working on solutions that will fix the fundamental problems in the American health care system.

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