(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) joined with Senate colleagues today to introduce a new Medicare Prescription Drug bill, which will make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible for seniors in Washington state and across the country.
Co-sponsored by Sen. Murray, the Medicare Outpatient Prescription Drug Act of 2002, would provide all Medicare beneficiaries with a comprehensive, affordable prescription drug benefit for the first time ever.
Senator Murray's Statement:
"I am proud to co-sponsor this important bill that will help our seniors get the medicines they need. Seniors across Washington state are struggling, and this bill will provide relief.
Most of our elderly in this country are not wealthy, and many live on fixed incomes. They are the ones who are hurt first and hurt most by rising health care costs.
But when it comes to prescription drugs, we know that the lack of affordable drug coverage is not just a problem for those with very low incomes. All seniors face the escalating cost of prescription drugs and the lack of affordable coverage.
Seniors need an affordable drug benefit that's part of Medicare – and for the first time, that is what this bill gives them.
I hope that all members of the Senate will come together and pass this bill so that older Americans can finally get a prescription drug benefit they deserve."