Legislative News…Daniel Nnorth and Claudia Schott

The CA Legislature is adjourned until January 6, 2020.  We are happy to let you know that AB 824 and AB 1118 were both signed by the Governor!  California drug manufacturers will no longer be able to pay for the delay of the development and/or research for generic prescription drugs, and California becomes the first state to have enacted a statewide law that enrolls California in the Age-Friendly Network.  Your hard work led to our success, and we appreciate your constant visits to your district offices to make this happen!

Urge your Member of Congress to support measures in Congress designed to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, including HR 3.  AARP has endorsed H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act when it was introduced in the House last month.  The bill’s key provisions would allow Medicare to negotiate on behalf of the more than 40 million beneficiaries in Part D.  The federal government should be leveraging that bargaining power to lower prices.  The bill also includes an out-of-pocket cap for costs in Medicare Part D. In 2015 alone, Medicare beneficiaries spent $27 billion in out-of-pocket drug costs. 

Older American’s Act ReauthorizationHR 4334:  Older Americans Act (OAA) programs provide home-delivered meals, help at home, family caregiver support, transportation services, training and employment programs to help keep older adults in their homes and communities, where they want to be, and out of generally more costly care.

*    AARP is calling for funding at levels that will meet the needs of the growing older population.  Over the years, funding has not kept pace with the growth in the older population.

*    Urge your Member of Congress to support HR 4334.