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HELPING OUR SENIORS MEET THE RISING COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

WHEREAS, through the medical advances of our society, many Americans are living longer and healthier lives; and

WHEREAS, despite these advances, many seniors are paying exorbitant prices to gain access to prescription drugs, as much as $400 a month; and

WHEREAS, Medicare does not cover the rapidly rising cost of these drugs, most Medigap insurance does not cover drugs and those that do set a ceiling on costs; and

WHEREAS, according to a report by the United States House Committee on Government Operations, individual seniors can pay as much as 1446 percent more for prescription drugs than insurance companies or HMOs that can buy in bulk; and

WHEREAS, 19 million seniors have little or no drug coverage,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls on Congress to enact comprehensive legislation to assist needy seniors with the cost of prescription drugs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors supports the purchase of prescription drugs for needy seniors through the federal procurement system, thus substantially lowering the cost of drugs for the elderly; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls upon the drug companies, many of whom have made substantial profits in recent years, to work with government at all levels to make the cost of prescription drugs more affordable for seniors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the federal government support a grant program to reward those local public health systems that take the initiative to develop innovative approaches to this problem.

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