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At Health Care Action Day, GBIO and Coalition Partners Fight the High Cost of Prescription Drugs, Build Power for Year-Long Health Care Campaign

Leaders gather with MA legislators Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Christine Barber to target the high and rising cost of prescription drugs.
130 leaders from Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) and prescription drug affordability coalition partners – including Health Care for All, Mass Senior Action Council, JALSA, Right Care Alliance, Disability Policy Consortium, and SEIU1199 – gathered at the Massachusetts state house on June 12 to target the rising costs of prescription drugs via new laws in the fiscal 2020 budget as well as comprehensive legislation (H.1133/S.706).
Participants gathered outside the statehouse with MA Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Christine Barber, cosponsors of the bill, then 16 teams met with legislators and legislative aides to ask for their support of the bill and corresponding budget language.
This day of action was part of a broader GBIO Health Care campaign that will span the legislative session and build on past victories in health care.
The campaign has three aims:
  1. Limit the cost of expensive prescription drugs
  2. Remove the stumbling blocks to getting affordable care for mental health and substance use disorders
  3. Reduce out-of-pocket costs for healthcare

GBIO Acts on Health Care Costs

Saying it’s worried that mounting medical costs are squeezing family and government budgets, a group that is representing dozens of Boston-area religious congregations wa

Common Ground Health Care Co-op Enrollment Surges

Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, a creature of an Obamacare initiative for nonprofit customer-owned health plans, has enrolled more than 2,200 Wisconsinites so far — and 75 percent to 80 percent of them enrolled via the online health-insurance marketplace.

Bob De Vita, chief executive officer of Brookfield-based Common Ground, said he is confident the co-op will meet his goal of signing 10,000 people by the end of 2014.

GBIO Health Care Cost Containment Action

  Over 200 GBIO leaders gathered major health providers, insurers, and healthcare system officials to examine their progress in adhering to the targets of landmark health care cost containment legislation passed in 2012.

The action received extensive coverage from major media:

Could Medicaid expansion decrease drug court costs, save local taxpayer dollars? Cleveland judge says yes.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia estimates that area residents could save millions in local taxes if the offenders he sees in drug court had health insurance. And if Ohio were to expand Medicaid, as being debated by state legislators, many of the defendants in his court would qualify for the state a

Governors Fall Away in G.O.P. Opposition to More Medicaid

Under pressure from the health care industry and consumer advocates, seven Republican governors are cautiously moving to expand Medicaid, giving an unexpected boost to President Obama’s plan to insure some 30 million more Americans.... Every few days, state hospital associations and advocates for poor people issue reports asserting that the economic benefits of expanding Medicaid would outweigh the costs.